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Introducing Potential Radiative Forcing (PRF) for quantifying the Earth radiation budget

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Title: Introducing Potential Radiative Forcing (PRF) for quantifying the Earth radiation budget
Authors: Kawamoto, Kazuaki / Hayasaka, Tadahiro
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Citation: AIP Conference Proceedings, 1100(1), pp.541-544; 2009
Abstract: In order to investigate the contributions of atmospheric factors to variability in surface shortwave irradiance (S) under both cloud-free and cloudy sky conditions, we defined the sensitivity of S to differential increases from given values of cloud, aerosol, and water vapor as potential radiative forcing (PRF). The expected change in S due to one factor would be the product of the PRF and the change in that factor. We formulated the PRF from a simple equation and described the geographical features of the PRF over China in January and July. We noted some shortcomings, but confirmed the usefulness of the PRF for determining the relative contributions. In particular, we suggested that accurate knowledge of aerosol absorption properties was critical for quantitative radiation budget estimates.
Description: CURRENT PROBLEMS IN ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION (IRS 2008): Proceedings of the International Radiation Symposium (IRC∕IAMAS) : Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil), 3–8 August 2008
Keywords: Radiation budget / radiative forcing / clouds / aerosols / water vapor
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/21980
ISSN: 0094243X
DOI: 10.1063/1.3117042
Rights: Copyright (2009) American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. / The following article appeared in AIP Conf. Proc. 1100, 541 (2009), and may be found at http://link.aip.org/link/?apc/1100/541.
Type: Conference Paper
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