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MOSART: Modeling the Radiative Environment of Earth's Atmosphere, Terrain, Oceans, and Space

William M. Cornette
Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences
Vol. 98, No. 4 (Winter 2012), pp. 27-46
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24536506
Page Count: 20
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MOSART: Modeling the Radiative Environment of Earth's Atmosphere, Terrain, Oceans, and Space
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Abstract

This paper represents efforts over the past decade to develop a DoD computer application for predicting the radiative environment of the Earth's atmosphere, terrain, oceans, and space using first principle physics models and large environmental data bases constructed from satellite data and other sources. The Moderate Spectral Atmospheric Radiance and Transmittance (MOSART) code V2.0.4 is currently available, and the next release, Version 3.0, is in development. This presentation provides information on obtaining Version 2.0.4 and the current upgrades in Version 3.0, which is written in Fortran 2003, thereby allowing as many geometries, azimuths, and other variables as needed, with the smallest executable possible. MOSART V3.0 also executes faster than V2.0.4. It has the ability to produce a temporal variation on a series of observer-source geometries and includes a global soil composition and soil moisture database, a global land class database, additional molecular species, a smooth altitude transition for aerosol types, and a historical database of sunspot and solar activity. Future growth will include an enhanced terrain and ocean data from satellite remote sensing measurements, in addition to satisfying other user requirements.

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