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Contribution of the Water Vapor Continuum Absorption to the Radiation Balance of the Atmosphere with Cirrus Clouds


The upward and downward fluxes of solar and thermal radiation are simulated for the meteorological conditions typical for midlatitude summer. The atmospheric radiation balance due to cirrus clouds of different depth is estimated. The sensitivity of the radiative forcing to different models of the water vapor continuum absorption is estimated.

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The work was supported by the Programs of Fundamental Scientific Research of State Academies of Sciences (project no. АААА-А17-117021310148-7).

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Chesnokova, T.Y., Firsov, K.M. & Razmolov, A.A. Contribution of the Water Vapor Continuum Absorption to the Radiation Balance of the Atmosphere with Cirrus Clouds. Atmos Ocean Opt 32, 64–71 (2019).

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  • atmospheric radiative transfer
  • water vapor continuum
  • cirrus clouds