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