Articles | Volume 11, issue 11
Research article 14 Jun 2011
Research article | 14 Jun 2011
Ultraviolet actinic flux in clear and cloudy atmospheres: model calculations and aircraft-based measurements
G. G. Palancar et al.
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its application in the on-line UV tool over Northern EurasiaImplementation of Bessel's method for solar eclipses prediction in the WRF-ARW modelImpact of buildings on surface solar radiation over urban BeijingEvaluating the spatio-temporal performance of sky-imager-based solar irradiance analysis and forecastsOn the ability of RegCM4 regional climate model to simulate surface solar radiation patterns over Europe: an assessment using satellite-based observationsAn investigation of how radiation may cause accelerated rates of tropical cyclogenesis and diurnal cycles of convective activityThe impact of parameterising light penetration into snow on the photochemical production of NOx and OH radicals in snowA global model simulation for 3-D radiative transfer impact on surface hydrology over the Sierra Nevada and Rocky MountainsRadiative forcing and climate metrics for ozone precursor emissions: the impact of multi-model averagingErythemal ultraviolet irradiation trends in the Iberian Peninsula from 1950 to 2011Regional climate model assessment of the urban land-surface forcing over central EuropeImpact of cirrus clouds heterogeneities on top-of-atmosphere thermal infrared radiationSummer Arctic sea ice albedo in CMIP5 modelsA WRF simulation of the impact of 3-D radiative transfer on surface hydrology over the Rocky Mountains and Sierra NevadaTechnical Note: Evaluating a simple parameterization of radiative shortwave forcing from surface albedo changeThe cloud–aerosol–radiation (CAR) ensemble modeling systemDust vertical profile impact on global radiative forcing estimation using a coupled chemical-transport–radiative-transfer modelSource attribution of insoluble light-absorbing particles in seasonal snow across northern ChinaModeling the radiative effects of desert dust on weather and regional climateSimulating 3-D radiative transfer effects over the Sierra Nevada Mountains using WRFOn the interpretation of an unusual in-situ measured ice crystal scattering phase 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