Intercomparing shortwave radiation codes for climate studies

Y. Fouquart, B. Bonnel, V. Ramaswamy

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A considerable speed was detected in the response of these models to a set of well-defined atmospheric profiles. Substantial discrepancies exist among models even for the simplest case of pure water vapor absorption with standard deviation ranging from 1% to 3% for the downward fluxes at the surface and from 6% to 11% for the total atmospheric absorption. The divergences in downward surface flux increase to nearly 4% when all absorbers and the molecular scattering are considered. In cloudy conditions the divergences range from 4% to 10%, depending on the cloud optical thickness. Another major uncertainty that has been identified is the spectral averaging of the scattering properties which can result in very significant errors for low spectral resolution codes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8955-8968
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD5
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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