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Publication Date
14 August 2015

Photolysis Rates in Correlated Overlapping Cloud Fields: Cloud-J 7.3c



A new approach for modeling photolysis rates (J values) in atmospheres with fractional cloud cover has been developed and is implemented as Cloud-J – a multiscattering eight-stream radiative transfer model for solar radiation based on Fast-J. Using observations of the vertical correlation of cloud layers, Cloud-J 7.3c provides a practical and accurate method for modeling atmospheric chemistry.  The combination of the new maximum-correlated cloud groups with the integration over all cloud combinations by four quadrature atmospheres produces mean J values in an atmospheric column with root mean square (rms) errors of 4% or less compared with 10–20% errors using simplerapproximations. Cloud-J is practical for chemistry–climate models, requiring only an average of 2.8 Fast-J calls per atmosphere vs. hundreds of calls with the correlated cloud groups, or 1 call with the simplest cloud approximations.  Another improvement in modeling J values, the treatment of volatile organic compounds with pressure-dependent cross sections, is also incorporated into Cloud-J.

Prather, Michael. 2015. “Photolysis Rates In Correlated Overlapping Cloud Fields: Cloud-J 7.3C”. Geosciences Model Development 8: 2587-2595. doi:10.5194/gmd-8-2587-2015.
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