Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 2763–2788, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-2763-2018
Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 2763–2788, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-2763-2018

Model description paper 11 Jul 2018

Model description paper | 11 Jul 2018

SMRT: an active–passive microwave radiative transfer model for snow with multiple microstructure and scattering formulations (v1.0)

Ghislain Picard et al.

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The Snow Microwave Radiative Transfer (SMRT) is a novel model developed to calculate how microwaves are scattered and emitted by snow. The model is built from separate, interconnecting modules to make it easy to compare different aspects of the theory. SMRT is the first model to allow a choice of how to represent the microstructure of the snow, which is extremely important, and has been used to unite multiple previous studies. This model will ultimately be used to observe snow from space.