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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System: Their Relationship to Energy Balance, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Precipitation

Jost Heintzenberg and Robert J. Charlson


More than half the globe is covered by visible clouds. Clouds control major parts of the Earth’s energy balance, influencing both incoming shortwave solar radiation and outgoing longwave thermal radiation. Latent heating and cooling related to cloud processes modify atmospheric circulation, and, by modulating sea surface temperatures, clouds affect the oceanic circulation. They are also an essential component of the global water cycle, on which all terrestrial life depends. Yet clouds constitute the most poorly quantified, least understood, and most puzzling aspect of atmospheric science, and ... More

Keywords: clouds, climate change, energy balance, shortwave solar radiation, longwave thermal radiation, cloud processes, atmospheric circulation, sea surface temperatures, oceanic circulation, atmospheric science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012874
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jost Heintzenberg, editor

Robert J. Charlson, editor

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