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Cirrus

David K. Lynch, Kenneth Sassen, David O'C. Starr, and Graeme Stephens

Abstract

Cirrus clouds are high, thin, tropospheric clouds composed predominately of ice. In the last ten years, considerable work has shown that cirrus is widespread—more common than previously believed--and has a significant impact on climate and global change. As the next generation weather satellites are being designed, the impact of cirrus on remote sensing and the global energy budget must be recognized and accommodated. This book, the first to be devoted entirely to cirrus clouds, captures the state of knowledge of cirrus and serves as a practical handbook as well. Each chapter is based on an in ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195130720.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David K. Lynch, editor

Kenneth Sassen, editor

David O'C. Starr, editor

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3 Ice Crystals in Cirrus

Matthew P. Bailey and Joan T. Hallett

4 Mid-latitude and Tropical Cirrus: Microphysical Properties

Andrew J. Heymsfield and Greg M. McFarquhar

8 Ground-based Remote Sensing of Cirrus Clouds

Kenneth Sassen and Gerald Mace

11 Contrail Cirrus

Ulrich Schumann

12 Subvisual Cirrus

David K. Lynch and Kenneth Sassen

17 Dynamical Processes in Cirrus Clouds

Markus Quante and David O’C. Starr

18 Dynamical Processes in Cirrus Clouds

David O’C. Starr and Markus Quante

19 Microphysical Processes in Cirrus and Their Impact on Radiation

Vitaly I. Khvorostyanov and Kenneth Sassen

21 Cirrus

David K. Lynch and Kenneth Sassen