Main documentation of libRadtran

  • Documentation for version 2.0.2 in pdf format, also included in the package (libRadtran/doc/libRadtran.pdf).
  • A few words on the basic usage of the package can be found here.

libRadtran publications

The two reference publications provide an overview of libRadtran and examples of use:

  • C. Emde, R. Buras-Schnell, A. Kylling, B. Mayer, J. Gasteiger, U. Hamann, J. Kylling, B. Richter, C. Pause, T. Dowling, and L. Bugliaro. The libradtran software package for radiative transfer calculations (version 2.0.1). Geoscientific Model Development, 9(5):1647-1672, 2016, link
  • B. Mayer and A. Kylling. Technical note: The libRadtran software package for radiative transfer calculations - description and examples of use. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5: 1855-1877, 2005, link

The absorption parameterization REPTRAN (default in libRadtran) is described in:

  • J. Gasteiger, C. Emde, B. Mayer, R. Buras, S.A. Buehler, and O. Lemke. Representative wavelengths absorption parameterization applied to satellite channels and spectral bands. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 148(0):99-115, 2014, link.

Updates included into the default radiative transfer solver DISORT (C-Version of DISORT with improved intensity correction method) are described in:

  • R. Buras, T. Dowling, and C. Emde. New secondary-scattering correction in DISORT with increased efficiency for forward scattering. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 112(12):2028-2034, 2011. link.

There are various publications related to the Monte Carlo solver MYSTIC (1D version available in the public version of libRadtran):

  • General overview: B. Mayer. Radiative transfer in the cloudy atmosphere. European Physical Journal Conferences, 1:75-99, 2009. link
  • Spherical geometry: C. Emde and B. Mayer. Simulation of solar radiation during a total eclipse: a challenge for radiative transfer. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7:2259-2270, May 2007. link
  • Polarization: C. Emde, R. Buras, B. Mayer, and M. Blumthaler. The impact of aerosols on polarized sky radiance: model development, validation, and applications. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 383-396, 2010. link
  • Variance reduction methods: R. Buras and B. Mayer. Efficient unbiased variance reduction techniques for Monte Carlo simulations of radiative transfer in cloudy atmospheres: the solution. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 112, 434-447, 2011. link
  • Efficient spectral calculations: C. Emde, R. Buras, R., and B. Mayer. ALIS: An efficient method to compute high spectral resolution polarized solar radiances using the Monte Carlo approach. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 112, 1622-1631, 2011. link

libRadtran development

If you want to contribute to further development of libRadtran please contact the libRadtran developers.

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