Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-2717-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-2717-2018
Model description paper
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10 Jul 2018
Model description paper |  | 10 Jul 2018

An update on the RTTOV fast radiative transfer model (currently at version 12)

Roger Saunders, James Hocking, Emma Turner, Peter Rayer, David Rundle, Pascal Brunel, Jerome Vidot, Pascale Roquet, Marco Matricardi, Alan Geer, Niels Bormann, and Cristina Lupu

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This paper describes a fast atmospheric radiative transfer model, RTTOV, which is widely used in the satellite retrieval and weather forecast model assimilation communities. It computes top-of-atmosphere radiances for visible, infrared and microwave downward-viewing satellite radiometers. It enables the satellite data, which are a key part of the observing system, to be optimally used with forecast models. The developments made to RTTOV over the past 20 years are summarised.