Accession Number : AD0475279

Title :   MODELING ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE DISPOSITION OF SOLAR RADIATION IN AN ATMOSPHERE WITH A LOW OVERCAST.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Bell, James H.

Report Date : 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : A model is presented for the depletion of incoming solar insolation by an atmosphere with a stratus overcast. In the clear air above the cloud, the depletion has been accounted for by a scattering-absorption model. Within the cloud, a spectrally averaged absorption coefficient for liquid water drops is devised. The effect of this absorption coefficient is to bring about abnormally high values of absorption. These absorption values are then reduced to account for scattering. Tests of the solar-depletion model were made by comparison with pyrheliometer data recorded under stratus overcast conditions at Pacific Grove, California, during the summer of 1964. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOLAR RADIATION, ATMOSPHERE MODELS), (*STRATUS CLOUDS, SOLAR RADIATION), CALIFORNIA, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, SCATTERING, METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA, DROPS, ATMOSPHERIC CONDENSATION, PYRHELIOMETERS, MODEL TESTS, NAVAL RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, ABSORPTION, CLOUD COVER.

Subject Categories : Astrophysics
      Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE