Articles | Volume 16, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13791–13806, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13791–13806, 2016

Research article 08 Nov 2016

Research article | 08 Nov 2016

The spectral signature of cloud spatial structure in shortwave irradiance

Shi Song et al.


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ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2016) by Jui-Yuan Christine Chiu
Short summary
The radiative effects of spatially complex cloud fields are notoriously difficult to estimate and are afflicted with errors up to ±50 % of the incident solar radiation. We find that horizontal photon transport, the leading cause for these three-dimensional effects, manifests itself through a spectral fingerprint – a new observable that holds promise for reducing the errors associated with spatial complexity by moving the problem to the spectral dimension.
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