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Cloud Optics

  • The first monograph exclusively devoted to optical properties of clouds

  • Basic laws of physics as applied to cloud optics are explained in great detail

  • The book contains many practical applications, such as remote sensing of clouds from the ground, aircraft and satellite

Part of the book series: Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library (ATSL, volume 34)

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Microphysics and Geometry of Clouds

    • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 1-31
  3. Optics of a Single Particle

    • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 33-111
  4. Radiative Transfer

    • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 113-206
  5. Applications

    • Alexander A. Kokhanovsky
    Pages 207-258
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 259-281

About this book

Clouds affect the climate of the Earth, and they are an important factor in the weather. Therefore, their radiative properties must be understood in great detail. This book summarizes current knowledge on cloud optical properties, for example their ability to absorb, transmit, and reflect light, which depends on the clouds’ geometrical and microphysical characteristics such as sizes of droplets and crystals, their shapes, and structures. In addition, problems related to the image transfer through clouds and cloud remote sensing are addressed in this book in great detail.

This book can be an important source of information on theoretical cloud optics for cloud physicists, meteorologists and optical engineers.

All basic ideas of optics as related to scattering of light in clouds (e.g. Mie theory and radiative transfer) are considered in a self consistent way. Consequently, the book can also be a useful textbook to newcomers to the field.

Keywords

  • Cloud
  • Fog
  • LED
  • Laser
  • Transmission
  • light propagation
  • photon diffusion, scattering, absorption, emission

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book was published as volume 34 of the Kluwer/Springer series ‘Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library’. … I believe that this book will be a meaningful addition to any research library since it contains a nontrivial collection of useful facts, formulas, and references and is the first research-level specialized monograph on cloud optics and cloud remote sensing. Individual professional researchers should also consider buying a copy of the book for personal use … . The polygraphic quality of the book is excellent." (Michael I. Mishchenko, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Issue 105, 2007)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Alexander A. Kokhanovsky

About the author

Education:

PhD: Optics, B. I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk,

Belarus, 1991.

Title of PhD thesis: " The dependence of light scattering characteristics of aerosols and foams on their microstructure.”

Master of Science: Theoretical Physics, Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 1983.

Title of thesis: "The asymptotic light regime in deep layers of optically active light scattering media.”

Main research areas:

Radiative transfer, multiple and single light scattering, optics of aerosols and hydrosols, foams, snow and clouds, inverse problems, remote sensing of atmosphere and ocean.

Present position:

Senior Researcher

Laboratory of Light Scattering Media Optics

B. I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Skarina Avenue 72, Minsk 220072, Belarus

November 1983- Present

and

Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany

March 2001 - Present

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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-4020-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)