Impact of Vertical Stratification of Inherent Optical Properties on Radiative Transfer in a Plane-parallel Turbid Medium

Minzheng Duan Institute of Atmospheric Physics/Chinese Academy of Science
Qilong Min State University of New York, Albany
Knut Stamnes Stevens Institute of Technology

Category: Modeling

Working Group: Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interaction

The atmosphere is often divided into several homogeneous layers in simulations of radiative transfer in plane-parallel media. This artificial stratification introduces discontinuities in the vertical distribution of the inherent optical properties at boundaries between layers, which results in discontinuous radiances and irradiances at layer interfaces, which lead to errors in the radiative transfer simulations. To investigate the effect of the vertical discontinuity of the atmosphere on radiative transfer simulations, a simple two-layer model with only aerosols and molecules and no gas absorption is used. The results show that errors larger than 10% for radiances and several percent for irradiances could be introduced if the atmosphere is not layered properly.

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