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An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124514515, 9780080491677

An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation

2nd Edition

Author: K. N. Liou
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124514515
eBook ISBN: 9780080491677
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 29th April 2002
Page Count: 583
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This Second Edition of An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation has been extensively revised to address the fundamental study and quantitative measurement of the interactions of solar and terrestrial radiation with molecules, aerosols, and cloud particles in planetary atmospheres. It contains 70% new material, much of it stemming from the investigation of the atmospheric greenhouse effects of external radiative perturbations in climate systems, and the development of methodologies for inferring atmospheric and surface parameters by means of remote sensing. Liou's comprehensive treatment of the fundamentals of atmospheric radiation was developed for students, academics, and researchers in atmospheric sciences, remote sensing, and climate modeling.

Key Features

  • Balanced treatment of fundamentals and applications
  • Includes over 170 illustrations to complement the concise description of each subject
  • Numerous examples and hands-on exercises at the end of each chapter


Senior undergraduate and graduate students and academic and professional researchers in atmospheric sciences, particularly remote sensing, radiation climatology, cloud physics and thermodynamics

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of Radiation for Atmospheric Applications
Solar Radiation at the Top of the Atmosphere
Absorption and Scattering of Solar Radiation in the Atmosphere
Thermal Infrared Radiation Transfer in the Atmosphere
Light Scattering by Atmospheric Particulates
Principles of Radiative Transfer in Planetary Atmospheres
Application of Radiative Transfer Principles to Remote Sensing
Radiation and Climate


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About the Author

K. N. Liou

Kuo-Nan Liou is a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and founding director of the Joint Institute for Regional-Earth-System Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Liou has received numerous awards including the 1998 Jule G. Charney Medal from the American Meteorological Society for his work in the theory and application of radiative transport and its interaction with clouds, the 2010 COSPAR Biennial William Nordberg Medal for outstanding contributions to the application of space science, the 2012 International Radiation Commission Quadrennial Gold Medal for contributions of the lasting significance to the field of radiation research, the 2013 Roger Revelle Medal from the American Geophysical Union for outstanding contributions in atmospheric and climate sciences, and the 2018 AMS Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal for international leadership and seminal contributions to improving the theory and application of atmospheric radiative transfer and its interactions with clouds and aerosols.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of California, Los Angeles USA


"Liou's book is broad and rigorous. It covers the topics well from fundamental principles to applications. A student who has mastered the book will be well prepared to start research in atmospheric radiation. A research worker who needs a quick review of the basic physics behind the state-of-the-art radiative codes used in climate models and remote sensing will find this an invaluable resource." --Yuk L. Yung, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

"The many differences between [the first and second] editions illustrate areas of major progress in the field, as is evidenced in thermal infrared radiative transfer and even in the creations of completely new fields like three-dimensional radiative transfer or light scattering by nonspherical particles. Obviously, the major changes happened not in the theory...but in data quality and completely new measurements (mostly due to new satellite data) with higher accuracy and more reliability. The new edition illustrates this progress well." --Alexander Marshak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"The First Edition of this book has become a standard (advanced) text for graduate students and researchers working in the area of atmospheric radiative transfer ...Professor Liou has a leading international standing in studies of the interaction of solar radiation with the Earth's atmosphere and his book reflects his expertise in that area." --Joanna Haigh, Space and Atmospheric Physics, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London, UK

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