Light Scattering by Ice Crystals
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© Kuo-Nan Liou and Ping Yang 2016. This research volume outlines the scientific foundations that are central to our current understanding of light scattering, absorption and polarization processes involving ice crystals. It also demonstrates how data from satellite remote sensing of cirrus clouds can be combined with radiation parameterizations in climate models to estimate the role of these clouds in temperature and precipitation responses to climate change. Providing a balanced treatment of the fundamentals and applications, this book synthesizes the authors' own work, as well as that of other leading researchers in this area. Numerous illustrations are included, including three-dimensional schematics, to provide a concise discussion of the subject and enable easy visualization of the key concepts. This book is intended for active researchers and advanced graduate students in atmospheric science, climatology, and remote sensing, as well as scholars in related fields such as ice microphysics, electromagnetic wave propagation, geometric optics, radiative transfer and cloud-climate interactions. Complements the work of other researchers investigating light scattering by nonspherical particles, which include ice crystals Bridges various gaps and provides unification of a range of topics in relating to light scattering by ice crystals in a coherent and logical manner Emphasizes the broad applications of this research to various sectors of the scientific community, in particular atmospheric sciences, climate, and remote sensing.
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