Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Modeling: a Summary of the AER Codes

Author: S. A. Clough, Mark W. Shephard, Eli J. Mlawer, Jennifer S. Delamere, Michael J. Iacono, Karen Cady-Pereira, S.-A. Boukabara and P. D. Brown
May 21, 2004
Journal Article
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer

Clough, S.A., M.W. Shephard, E.J. Mlawer, J.S. Delamere, M.J. Iacono, K. Cady-Pereira, S. Boukabara, P.D. Brown, Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Modeling: a Summary of the AER Codes, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 91, 233-244, 2005.

The radiative transfer models developed at AER are being used extensively for a wide range of applications in the atmospheric sciences. This communication is intended to provide a coherent summary of the various radiative transfer models and associated databases publicly available from AER ( Among the communities using the models are the remote sensing community (e.g. TES, IASI), the numerical weather prediction community (e.g. ECMWF, NCEP GFS, WRF, MM5), and the climate community (e.g. ECHAM5). Included in this communication is a description of the central features and recent updates for the following models: the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM); the line file creation program (LNFL); the longwave and shortwave rapid radiative transfer models, RRTM_LW and RRTM_SW; the Monochromatic Radiative Transfer Model (MonoRTM); the MT_CKD Continuum; and the Kurucz Solar Source Function. LBLRTM and the associated line parameter database (e.g. HITRAN 2000 with 2001 updates) play a central role in the suite of models. The physics adopted for LBLRTM has been extensively analyzed in the context of closure experiments involving the evaluation of the model inputs (e.g. atmospheric state), spectral radiative measurements and the spectral model output. The rapid radiative transfer models are then developed and evaluated using the validated LBLRTM model.