Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere Ackerman and Knox
How does the thickness of a cloud change the way it looks from the satellite? This image is in the infrared part of the spectrum, and the radiant energy is a function of not just temperature, as was the case in the previous IR example, but also on cloud thickness. The thicker the cloud, the more water it contains. Liquid and solid water is a good emitter of infrared radiation.
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The vertical scale changes the cloud thickness. You can modify the surface temperature with the horizontal sliding scale.