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Influence of cirrus clouds on weather and climate processes A global perspectiveCurrent understanding and knowledge of the composition and structure of cirrus clouds are reviewed and documented in this paper. In addition, the radiative properties of cirrus clouds as they relate to weather and climate processes are described in detail. To place the relevance and importance of cirrus composition, structure and radiative properties into a global perspective, pertinent results derived from simulation experiments utilizing models with varying degrees of complexity are presented; these have been carried out for the investigation of the influence of cirrus clouds on the thermodynamics and dynamics of the atmosphere. In light of these reviews, suggestions are outlined for cirrus-radiation research activities aimed toward the development and improvement of weather and climate models for a physical understanding of cause and effect relationships and for prediction purposes.
Document ID
19860060873
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Liou, K.-N.
(Utah, University Salt Lake City, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: Monthly Weather Review
Volume: 114
ISSN: 0027-0644
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: F19628-84-K-0040
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-732
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSF ATM-81-09050
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Public
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