Short- and long-wave radiative flux modeling

Incoming short-wave radiation

Incoming short-wave radiation strongly varies in time and space depending on terrain position and atmospheric state. To regionalise point measurements, openAMUNDSEN calculates potential global radiation for each grid cell based on position of the sun, orographic shadows, local aspect and slope, atmospheric composition (aerosols, water vapour content), multiple reflections between snow and clouds as well as from snow covered neighbouring slopes. Cloud coverage at the point locations is determined either by comparing observed global radiation to calculated potential global radiation, by a relationship between relative humidity and air temperature at a defined pressure level, or can be prescribed. In the final step, cloud coverage is regionalised using the methods described in Processing meteo data, and actual incoming short-wave radiation is calculated from potential global radiation and cloud coverage for each model grid cell.

Outgoing / reflected short-wave radiation

Reflected short wave radiation depends on surface albedo, i.e. the ability to reflect incoming short-wave radiation. Snow albedo strongly varies in space and time depending on snow characteristics like grain size, density and snow impurity. In openAMUNDSEN, it is modelled using two different approaches for albedo ageing and refreshing (see Energy balance).

Incoming long-wave radiation

Incoming long-wave radiation from the atmosphere is a function of atmospheric composition and temperature and is determined using the the Stefan-Boltzmann law. Atmospheric emissivity thereby depends on water vapour content in clear sky conditions and cloud cover in overcast situations. Additionally, openAMUNDSEN accounts for long-wave radiation from the neighbouring slopes. The parameterizations for the radiation fractions coming from the clear sky, from clouds, and from surrounding slopes follow Corripio (2002).

Outgoing / emitted long-wave radiation

Outgoing long-wave radiation is calculated following the Stephan-Boltzmann law with the emissivity of snow and modelled snow surface temperature.

Choose and configure method in openAMUNDSEN

The radiation model is a mandatory module and is therefore enabled by default. Several model parameters can be adjusted.

  # Radiation parameters
    snow_emissivity: 0.99
    cloud_emissivity: 0.976
    rock_emission_factor: 0.01
    ozone_layer_thickness: 0.0035
    atmospheric_visibility: 25000.
    single_scattering_albedo: 0.9
    clear_sky_albedo: 0.0685
    num_shadow_sweeps: 1


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