Simple approximation for infrared emissivity of water clouds.

P. Chylek, V. Ramaswamy

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We have derived a simple approximation for the emissivity and flux emissivity of water clouds inside the atmospheric window between 8 and 14 micrometre. In our approximation the emissivity in the 8-11.5 micrometre band is a function only of the cloud's liquid water content and cloud thickness. At wavelengths more than 11.5 micrometre the emissivity is a function of the droplet size distribution as well.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-177
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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