VSTAR - a new high-spectral-resolution atmospheric radiative transfer code for Mars and other planets

Jeremy Bailey

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Abstract

VSTAR (Versatile Software for Transfer of Atmospheric Radiation) is a new atmospheric radiative transfer soft­ware package developed at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. It is designed to be sufficiently general to be applied to the atmospheres of the Earth, other solar­-system planets, and extrasolar planets. VSTAR solves the radiative transfer problem in a plane­-parallel atmosphere by combining a line-­by-­line treatment of the molecular absorption with a full multiple-­scattering solution of the radiative transfer equation incorporat­ing Rayleigh scattering and scattering from clouds and aerosols. VSTAR is highly portable and compiles un­der a range of Fortran compilers including the freely available g77 compiler. Development of VSTAR began in 2002 with most of the current code being completed in 2005. It is thus a modern system designed to fully exploit the high performance of modern CPUs and the large memory capacities now available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Second Workshop on Mars atmosphere modelling and observations
EditorsF. Forget
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherLaboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventWorkshop on Mars Atmosphere Modelling and Observations (2nd : 2006) - Granada, Spain
Duration: 27 Feb 20063 Mar 2006

Workshop

WorkshopWorkshop on Mars Atmosphere Modelling and Observations (2nd : 2006)
CityGranada, Spain
Period27/02/063/03/06

Keywords

  • planetary atmospheres
  • atmospheric measurement

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