Results are summarized for a scientific project devoted to the comparison of four atmospheric radiative transfer codes incorporated into different satellite data processing algorithms, namely, 6SV1.1 (second simulation of a satellite signal in the solar spectrum, vector, version 1.1), RT3 (radiative transfer), MODTRAN (moderate resolution atmospheric transmittance and radiance code), and SHARM (spherical harmonics). The performance of the codes is tested against well-known benchmarks, such as Coulson’s tabulated values and a Monte Carlo code. The influence of revealed differences on aerosol optical thickness and surface reflectance retrieval is estimated theoretically by using a simple mathematical approach. All information about the project can be found at http://rtcodes.ltdri.org .
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Atmospheric and oceanic optics
Original Manuscript: January 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2008
Published: April 24, 2008
Svetlana Y. Kotchenova, Eric F. Vermote, Robert Levy, and Alexei Lyapustin, "Radiative transfer codes for atmospheric correction and aerosol retrieval: intercomparison study," Appl. Opt. 47, 2215-2226 (2008)