The Monograph begins with seven chapters devoted to discussion of the scientific underpinnings of cloud ice formation and evolution. Each of these chapters covers the theoretical aspects followed by the remaining challenges that hinder our basic understanding and limit our ability to successfully model the microphysical processes. The remaining chapters concern measurement methodology and challenges that include the uncertainties and limitation of current measurement techniques.
This monograph represents a compendium of information provided by leading experts in the cloud physics community who recognized the need to compile a summary of our current state of understanding of how ice forms and evolves and of our technological capability to measure the critical properties of these ice crystals.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program was established in 1990 and is still going strong today. This monograph chronicles the history of the first 20 years of the ARM Program and provides descriptions of the scientific accomplishments at a level understandable to readers with a basic physics background. The authors of the different chapters were drawn from the scientists and engineers in the program who had unique roles in the programmatic developments, and/or who played significant roles in the numerous new scientific contributions made by the ARM Program over its history. The monograph serves as a stand-alone text for scientists to learn about the ARM Program and its accomplishments, and also as source of references from which to begin more detailed studies of the many scientific areas covered by the program.
This monograph was inspired by the life and work of Professor Michio Yanai, a seminal figure and dedicated mentor in tropical meteorology. Conceived initially at the Michio Yanai Symposium held in January 2011 as “lessons” organized around the principal research areas that attracted his attention and passion, this collection represents both a lasting tribute to Professor Yanai and his legacy, and a useful reference for scientists in all stages of their careers. Included in this volume are reviews of tropical clouds and convection, equatorial waves, tropical cyclones, monsoon flows, the Madden-Julian oscillation, multiscale modeling and analyses, and the role of the Tibetan Plateau on climate, among other topics. Also included are personal reminiscences from Professor Taroh Matsuno and a biographical sketch of Professor Yanai’s life led by Professor Steven Esbensen, one of Professor Yanai’s earliest students during his forty-year career at UCLA.
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