Technical note: The libRadtran software package for radiative transfer calculations - description and examples of use B. Mayer1 and A. Kylling2,3 1Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany 2St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway 3previously at: Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Kjeller, Norway
Abstract. The libRadtran software package is a suite of tools for radiative
transfer calculations in the Earth's atmosphere. Its main tool is the
uvspec program. It may be used to compute radiances, irradiances and
actinic fluxes in the solar and terrestrial part of the spectrum.
The design of uvspec allows simple problems to be easily solved using
defaults and included data, hence making it suitable for educational
purposes. At the same time the flexibility in how and what input
may be specified makes it a powerful and versatile tool for research
tasks. The uvspec tool and additional tools included with
libRadtran are described and realistic examples of their use are
given. The libRadtran software package is available from http://www.libradtran.org.
Citation: Mayer, B. and Kylling, A.: Technical note: The libRadtran software package for radiative transfer calculations - description and examples of use, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1855-1877, doi:10.5194/acp-5-1855-2005, 2005.