Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 2717–2737, 2018
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 2717–2737, 2018
Model description paper
10 Jul 2018
Model description paper | 10 Jul 2018

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

Roger Saunders et al.

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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.