Line-by-line radiative transfer model for infrared spectrum of AERI

Kwang Mog Lee, Joong Hyun Park, Myoung Hwan Ahn, Mi Lim Ou, Yoonjae Kim

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Infrared radiance spectra measured in space or on the ground have been used for many applications, such as the retrieval of atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles. The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) recently installed an Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) system at the Korea Global Atmosphere Watch Center (36°32'N, 125°19'E) in Anmyondo to measure the downward radiance spectra on the ground. For further utilization of such interferometeric radiance measurements, an accurate line-by-line radiative transfer model is required. This study introduces a line-by-line radiative transfer model developed at Kyungpook National University (KNU-LBL) and presents comparisons of spectra simulated using the KNU-LBL model and measured by the AERI system, that is installed inside a secure container. When compared with the Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) radiative transfer codes, the KNU-LBL model provides nearly identical spectra for various model atmospheres. The simulated spectra are also in good agreement with the AERI spectra for clear sky conditions, and a further improvement is made when taking into account of the emissions and absorption by CO 2 and H 2O for the light path inside the container, even though the path is short.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


  • AERI
  • Infrared spectrum
  • Line-by-line model
  • Radiative transfer


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