Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2209–2222, 2016

Special issue: The Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy) (ACP/GMD inter-journal...

Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 2209–2222, 2016

Development and technical paper 20 Jun 2016

Development and technical paper | 20 Jun 2016

A new radiation infrastructure for the Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy, based on version 2.51)

Simone Dietmüller et al.

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Four new radiation related submodels (RAD, AEROPT, CLOUDOPT, and ORBIT) are available within the MESSy framework now. They are largely based on the original radiation scheme of ECHAM5. RAD simulates radiative transfer, AEROPT calculates aerosol optical properties, CLOUDOPT calculates cloud optical properties, and ORBIT is responsible for Earth orbit calculations. Multiple diagnostic calls of the radiation routine are possible, so radiative forcing can be calculated during the model simulation.