Articles | Volume 10, issue 7
Development and technical paper
03 Jul 2017
Development and technical paper |  | 03 Jul 2017

A radiative transfer module for calculating photolysis rates and solar heating in climate models: Solar-J v7.5

Juno Hsu, Michael J. Prather, Philip Cameron-Smith, Alex Veidenbaum, and Alex Nicolau

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Short summary
Solar-J is a high-fidelity solar radiative transfer Fortran 90 code. It has been developed for consistently calculating both the photolysis rates of important chemical species and the heating rates of the atmosphere and the Earth's surface. Its spectral range spans from 177 nm to 12 microns. It can be easily dropped in as a module in global climate–chemistry models.