By Peter V. Hobbs
FROM THE PUBLISHERAerosol and clouds play vital roles in picking out the earth's weather, in ways in which we're purely starting to understand. along with molecular scattering from gases, aerosol and clouds verify partly what fraction of sunlight radiation reaches the earth's floor, and what fraction of the longwave radiation from the earth escapes to area. This booklet offers an summary of the newest learn on atmospheric aerosol and clouds and their results on worldwide weather. matters reviewed comprise the direct and oblique results of aerosol on weather, the radiative homes of clouds and their results at the Earth's radiation stability, the incorporation of cloud results in numerical climate prediction types, and stratospheric aerosol and clouds.
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