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By Alexander Marshak, Anthony Davis

Advancements in third-dimensional cloud radiation during the last few a long time are assessed and distilled into this contributed quantity. Chapters are authored by means of subject-matter specialists who address a large viewers of graduate scholars, researchers, and someone attracted to cloud-radiation strategies within the sun and infrared spectral regions. After introductory chapters and a bit at the primary physics and computational strategies, the quantity largely treats major program components: the influence of clouds at the Earth's radiation finances, that is a vital element of weather modeling; and distant remark of clouds, in particular with the complicated sensors on present and destiny satellite tv for pc missions.

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I’ll briefly summarize his main points from that book. Dyson says that new tools, much more than new concepts, power scientific revolutions. Examples abound, beginning with Galileo’s adaptation of a Dutch telescope design and ending with the double-helix revolution in biology and the big-bang revolution in astronomy. Thomas Kuhn’s influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions overemphasized the role of new ideas and almost ignored the role of new tools in creating scientific revolutions. , astronomy and biology today) tend to be those which have new tools.

NCAR was a life-changing opportunity for me, as it was for them. At NCAR, I continued several lines of theoretical investigation prompted by my building of ATRAD. In truth, I never made much use of ATRAD itself, except as a source of ideas for more fundamental work and algorithm improvements. Sometimes I have chastised myself about this, since lying concealed within ATRAD were many discoveries later made by others. Not least of these was a capability to study radiative feedbacks in toto, in a single model, rather than just the shortwave or longwave parts separately.

Our company’s proposal was to improve the parameterizations of atmospheric radiation and mountain lee wave drag in the MintzArakawa two-layer GCM. I grabbed the radiation part when the scientist originally committed to it left the company. With a PhD under Gerald Whitham in applied math (applied to nonlinear waves in water and plasmas), plus one course in the Boltzmann transport equation with an emphasis on neutrons from Noel Corngold at Caltech, I was obviously ideally suited to the task! Perhaps having done a senior thesis at MIT with Hans Mueller of Mueller matrix fame predisposed me to take up these radiation cudgels.

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