Two new extension modules that give the water-leaving radiance from the ocean and the snow bidirectional reflectance distribution function were implemented in the latest radiative transfer code. In addition, to simulate the near-global distributions of satellite-measured radiances by using the improved radiative transfer code, we tested and applied the look-up table method together with the process-separation technique of the radiative transfer calculation. The computing time was reduced from 1 year to 20 s to simulate one channel, one scene of the Global Imager image by use of an Alpha 21164A-2 (600-MHz) machine. The error analyses showed that the radiances were simulated with less than 1% error for the nonabsorbing visible channels and ∼2% error for absorbing channels by use of this method.
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Takashi Y. Nakajima, Hiroshi Murakami, Masahiro Hori, Teruyuki Nakajima, Teruo Aoki, Tomohiko Oishi, and Akihiko Tanaka, "Efficient Use of an Improved Radiative Transfer Code to Simulate Near-Global Distributions of Satellite-Measured Radiances," Appl. Opt. 42, 3460-3471 (2003)