Atmosphere: radiative properties

Atmosphere: radiative properties#

An atmospheric radiative property data set provides collision (absorption, extinction and scattering) coefficient and albedo values within the atmosphere.

Data access#

Atmospheric radiative property data sets are generated by the RadProfile.eval_dataset() method.


Atmospheric radiative property data sets include four data variables:

  • the absorption coefficient (sigma_a),

  • the extinction coefficient (sigma_t),

  • the scattering coefficient (sigma_s),

  • the albedo (albedo),

two dimension coordinates:

  • the wavelength (w),

  • the layer altitude (z_layer),

and one non-dimension coordinate:

  • the level altitude (z_level).

All data variables are tabulated against w and z_layer.