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Definition:
Shortwave radiation is electromagnetic radiation in the visible
and near-visible portions of the spectrum (0.4 to 1.0 microns). Shortwave
radiation is the small fraction of the sun's total radiated energy
reaching the atmosphere. Shortwave radiation reaching the surface of the
ocean is direct radiation or indirect radiation scattered from the
atmosphere.  
Reference:
Huschke, R.E. 1959. Glossary of Meteorology. American Meteorological
Association, Boston, MA. See also: Pickard, G.L. and W.J. Emery. 1990.
Descriptive Physical Oceanography: An Introduction. Pergamon Press, NY
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