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GMD | Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 805-827, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-12-805-2019
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Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 805-827, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-12-805-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Model experiment description paper 21 Feb 2019

Model experiment description paper | 21 Feb 2019

A benchmark for testing the accuracy and computational cost of shortwave top-of-atmosphere reflectance calculations in clear-sky aerosol-laden atmospheres

Jeronimo Escribano et al.
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Accurate shortwave radiance computations are becoming increasingly important for some applications in atmospheric composition. In this work we propose a benchmark protocol and dataset to asses the accuracy and computing runtime of radiance calculations of radiative transfer models. It is applied to four models, showing the potential of this benchmark to evaluate the model performance under a variety of atmospheric conditions, viewing geometries, aerosol loading, and optical properties.
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