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Volume 11, issue 4 | Copyright
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 1537-1556, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-1537-2018
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Model description paper 18 Apr 2018

Model description paper | 18 Apr 2018

ARTS, the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator – version 2.2, the planetary toolbox edition

Stefan A. Buehler1, Jana Mendrok2, Patrick Eriksson2, Agnès Perrin3, Richard Larsson4, and Oliver Lemke1 Stefan A. Buehler et al.
  • 1Meteorologisches Institut, Centrum für Erdsystem- und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (CEN), Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg, Bundesstrasse 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
  • 2Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 3Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique/IPSL, UMR CNRS 8539, Ecole Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, RD36, 91128 Palaiseau CEDEX, France
  • 4National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, 4 Chome-2-1 Nukui Kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-0015, Japan

Abstract. This article describes the latest stable release (version 2.2) of the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator (ARTS), a public domain software for radiative transfer simulations in the thermal spectral range (microwave to infrared). The main feature of this release is a planetary toolbox that allows simulations for the planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, in addition to Earth. This required considerable model adaptations, most notably in the area of gaseous absorption calculations. Other new features are also described, notably radio link budgets (including the effect of Faraday rotation that changes the polarization state) and the treatment of Zeeman splitting for oxygen spectral lines. The latter is relevant, for example, for the various operational microwave satellite temperature sensors of the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) family.

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The Atmospheric Radiative Transfer Simulator (ARTS) is a public domain software for simulating how radiation in the microwave to infrared spectral range travels through an atmosphere. The program can simulate satellite observations, in cloudy and clear atmospheres, and can also be used to calculate radiative energy fluxes. The main feature of this release is a planetary toolbox that allows simulations for the planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, in addition to Earth.
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