Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 217–228 | Cite as

Influence of clouds on UV irradiance at ground level and backscattered exittance

  • Wang Pucai
  • Jacqueline Lenoble


The influence of various cloud parameters and the interactions with the ground albedo and the solar zenith angle have been studied by means of model simulations. The radiative transfer model suitable for a cloudy atmosphere as well as for a clear atmosphere has been developed on the basis of the Discrete Ordinate Method. This study leads to a general understanding for cloudy atmospheres: in the presence of a uniform cloud, the cloud scattering is dominant to molecular and aerosol scattering, and it is also wavelength-independent; the ratio of transmitted irradiance in a cloudy atmosphere to that in the background clear atmosphere is independent of cloud height and solar zenith angle. That’s to say. the radiation downwelling out of a cloud is quite isotropic; it decreases approximately exponentially with the cloud optical depth at a rate related to the ground albedo; the reflected irradiance at the top of the atmosphere is dependent on cloud optical depth as well as on solar zenith angle, but not on ground albedo for clouds of not very thin optical depth.

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Cloud UV 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang Pucai
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Lenoble
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoirc d’Optiquc AtmospheriqueUniversite des Sciences et Technologies de LilleVilleneuve d’AscqFrance

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