This book presents the theory and applications of radiative transfer in the atmosphere. It is written for graduate students and researchers in the fields of meteorology and related sciences. The book begins with important basic definitions of the radiative transfer theory. It presents the hydrodynamic derivation of the radiative transfer equation and the principles of variance. The authors examine in detail various quasi-exact solutions of the radiative transfer equation and give a thorough treatment of the radiative perturbation theory. A rigorous treatment of Mie scattering is given, including Rayleigh scattering as a special case, and the important efficiency factors for extinction, scattering and absorption are derived. The fundamentals of remote sensing applications of radiative transfer are presented. Problems of varying degrees of difficulty are included at the end of each chapter, allowing readers to further their understanding of the materials covered in the book.

• All equations are derived in detail making it easy for the student to follow the mathematical developments • The book contains exercises of varying levels of difficulty for which solutions are given • This book complements the authors' previous two books Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere

### Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The radiative transfer equation; 3. Principles of invariance; 4. Quasi-exact solution methods for the radiative transfer equation; 5. Radiative perturbation theory; 6. Two-stream methods for the solution of the radiative transfer equation; 7. Transmission in individual spectral lines and in bands of lines; 8. Absorption by gases; 9. Light scattering theory for spheres; 10. Effects of polarization in radiative transfer; 11. Remote sensing applications of radiative transfer; 12. Influence of clouds on the climate of the Earth; Answers to problems; List of frequently used symbols; References and bibliography; Index.

### Reviews

Reviews for Dynamics of the Atmosphere: 'This book will be appreciated by readers who respect and require the mathematic rigour and completeness of mathematical derivations presented … a valuable reference source.' International Journal of Climatology

' …well written and illustrated … I enthusiastically recommend it to any scientist seeking a comprehensive and accurate treatment of the major subject areas in modern atmospheric dynamics.' EOS

'[Zdunkowsko and Bott] pull together all the components needed for understanding global meteorology, presenting them in a thorough and precise manner … Recommended.' Choice

Reviews for Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere: ' … a useful reference for researchers in dynamic meteorology.' Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

'This textbook is written for students and researchers in meteorology but nevertheless it is useful for all scientists in the field of thermodynamics, too.' ZAMM

; … provides a useful introduction to scalar atmospheric radiative transfer for undergraduate and graduate students, and scientists who want to become familiar with the field.' EOS

'… great care is taken in providing a mathematically correct and complete formalism which should also be appreciated by lecturers who use the book as a basis for their radiative transfer lecture. Another strength of this book is that it covers not only basic radiative transfer theory but also the underlying single scattering theory as well as the most important applications. As such, Radiation in the Atmosphere can probably replace three books: One about pure radiative transfer theory (like Chandrasekhar's Radiative Transfer), one about single scattering theory (like Bohren and Huffman's Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles) and one about applications (remote sensing, clouds and climate). In summary, the book gives a precise overview about radiative transfer theory and related subjects.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift