Earth radiation budget, radiative forcing and climate change
Convener: Martin Wild  | Co-Conveners: Rolf Philipona , Paul Stackhouse 
Oral Programme
 / Thu, 07 Apr, 08:30–12:00  / Room 16
Poster Programme
 / Attendance Thu, 07 Apr, 15:30–17:00  / Display Thu, 07 Apr, 08:00–19:30  / Hall XL

The radiation budget of the Earth is a key determinant for the genesis and
evolution of climate on our planet and provides the primary energy source for life.
Anthropogenic interference with climate occurs first of all through a perturbation
of the Earth radiation balance. The aim of this session is to bring together newly
available information on the spatial and temporal variation of radiative and energy
fluxes at the surface, within the atmosphere and at the top of atmosphere. This
information may be obtained from direct surface measurements, satellite-derived
products, climate modelling as well as process studies. Scales considered may range
from local to continental and global scales. In addition, related studies on the
spatial and temporal variation of cloud properties, albedo, water vapour and
aerosols, which are essential for our understanding of radiative forcings and their
relation to climate change, are encouraged. Studies focusing on the impact of
radiative forcings on the various components of the climate system, such as on the
hydrological cycle, on the cryosphere or on the biosphere and related carbon cycle,
are also much appreciated.

Confirmed solicited speaker: Graeme Stephens