Abstract

The equation of transfer for radiance as it relates to a scattering, absorbing, and emitting medium is integrated with angle to obtain equations of transfer for irradiance and scalar irradiance. These equations are, in turn, integrated with respect to altitude. One major implication is that a measurement of the 4π radiance distribution at two altitudes in the atmosphere can yield a measure of absorption. Another implication is that there is an emission term in the irradiance equation but not in the scalar-irradiance equation of transfer.

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