Articles | Volume 9, issue 18
21 Sep 2009
 | 21 Sep 2009

Technical Note: An assessment of the accuracy of the RTTOV fast radiative transfer model using IASI data

M. Matricardi

Abstract. IASI measurements of spectral radiances made between the 1st April 2008 and the 15th April 2008 are compared with simulations performed using the RTTOV fast radiative transfer model utilizing regression coefficients based on different line-by-line models. The comparisons are performed within the framework of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Integrated Forecast System using fields of temperature, water vapour and ozone obtained from short-range forecasts. Simulations are performed to assess the accuracy of the RTTOV computations and investigate relative differences between the line-by-line models and the quality of the spectroscopic databases on which the RTTOV coefficients are based.

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