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Radiation and Radiative Transfer

Extremes and Environmental Risk

  1. Christopher Essex

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.var001.pub2

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

How to Cite

Essex, C. 2013. Radiation and Radiative Transfer . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 5.

Author Information

  1. The University of Western Ontario, Department of Applied Mathematics, London, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


The physics and mathematics of the the transport of energy by means of radiation is presented and put into the context of the Earth's atmosphere. The resulting mathematical structures correct simplistic popular misconceptions and language about radiative processes in the environment.


  • flux density;
  • specific intensity;
  • irradiance;
  • radiance;
  • greenhouse;
  • heat;
  • ultraviolet