A moderate-spectral-resolution transmittance model based on fitting the line-by-line calculation. Academic Article uri icon


  • A fast narrowband transmittance model, referred to as the Fast Fitting Transmittance Model (FFTM), is developed based on rigorous line-by- line (LBL) calculations. Specifically, monochromatic transmittances are first computed from a LBL model in a spectral region from 1 to 25000 cm(-1) for various pressures and temperatures ranging from 0.05 hPa to 1100 hPa and from 200 K to 320 K, respectively. Subsequently, the monochromatic transmittances are averaged over a spectral interval of 1 cm(-1) to obtain narrowband transmittances that are then fitted to various values of absorber amount. A database of fitting coefficients is then created that can be used to compute narrowband transmittances for an arbitrary atmospheric profile. To apply the FFTM to an inhomogeneous atmosphere, the Curtis-Godson (CG) approximation is employed to obtain the weighted effective coefficients. The present method is validated against the LBLRTM and also compared with the high-spectral-resolution measurements acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and High-resolution Interferometer Sounder (HIS). With a spectral resolution of 1 cm(-1) and a wide spectral coverage, the FFTM offers a unique combination of numerical efficiency and considerable accuracy for computing moderate- to high-spectral-resolution transmittances involved in radiative transfer simulations and remote sensing applications.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Wei, H., Chen, X., Rao, R., Wang, Y., & Yang, P

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Wei, Heli||Chen, Xiuhong||Rao, Ruizhong||Wang, Yingjian||Yang, Ping

publication date

  • January 2007