Three-dimensional radiative transfer problems

MYSTIC - the Monte Carlo code for the physically correct tracing of photons in cloudy atmospheres - is a powerful three-dimensional radiative transfer solver which evolved from a very simple, one-layer, one-dimensional, Monte Carlo code [Mayer et al., 1998]. MYSTIC handles broken clouds, inhomogeneous surface albedo, and topography. The model is interfaced similar to DISORT [Stamnes et al., 1988]. Currently, it is driven either by libRadtran or TUV which provide a convenient way to set up a one-dimensional atmosphere. Three-dimensional clouds, surface albedo, altitude, and output resolution are specified in separate files in a format similar to the SHDOM input.

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