Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3953–3972, 2021

Special issue: New developments in atmospheric limb measurements: instruments,...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3953–3972, 2021

Research article 28 May 2021

Research article | 28 May 2021

Systematic comparison of vectorial spherical radiative transfer models in limb scattering geometry

Daniel Zawada et al.

Data sets

Radiance data for "Systematic Comparison of Vectorial Spherical Radiative Transfer Models in Limb Scattering Geometry'' by Zawada et al. Daniel Zawada, Ghislain Franssens, Robert Loughman, Antti Mikkonen, Alexei Rozanov, Claudia Emde, Adam Bourassa, Seth Dueck, Hannakaisa Lindqvist, Didier Ramon, Vladimir Rozanov, Emmanuel Dekemper, Erkki Kyrölä, John P. Burrows, Didier Fussen, and Doug Degenstein

Short summary
Satellite measurements of atmospheric composition often rely on computer tools known as radiative transfer models to model the propagation of sunlight within the atmosphere. Here we have performed a detailed inter-comparison of seven different radiative transfer models in a variety of conditions. We have found that the models agree remarkably well, at a level better than previously reported. This result provides confidence in our understanding of atmospheric radiative transfer.