Accession Number : ADP007280
Title : Cloud Radiation Interaction and the Earth's Climate: Relevance to the Climate of the Arctic,
Corporate Author : COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
Personal Author(s) : Stephens, Graeme L.
Report Date : MAR 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 7
Abstract : The influence on the energy balance of the earth's climate system is reviewed and is based on recent satellite observations of the Earth's Radiation Budget (ERB) and other satellite-derived cloud information. The special difficulties that polar cloudiness poses in analysis of ERB data are discussed. The role of arctic cloudiness on the snow-ice albedo feedback is examined and the possible influence of this feedback to global cloudiness and thus to the radiation balance on the earth are explored.
Descriptors : *ALBEDO, *CLOUD PHYSICS, *SEA ICE, BALANCE, CLIMATE, ENERGY, FEEDBACK, GLOBAL, RADIATION, SNOW, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, GREENHOUSE EFFECT.
Subject Categories : Meteorology
Snow, Ice and Permafrost
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE