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NCAR/ACD TUV: Tropospheric Ultraviolet & Visible Radiation Model
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Abstract: The Tropospheric Ultraviolet-Visible Model (TUV) model is used over
the wavelength range 121 - 750 nm, for calculating the spectral
irradiance, the spectral actinic flux, photodissociation coefficients
(J-values), and biologically effective irradiance (dose rates, doses).
The code has a number of features including

- separate direct and diffuse contributions,
- easy loading of weighting functions,
- variable wavelength and altitude grids, surface
- temperature and pressure dependence for selected J-values,
- absorption by oxygen ozone, and sulfur dioxide,
- scattering by air, clouds, and aerosols (Rayleigh and Mie),
- interchangeability of radiative transfer schemes,
- improved treatment of twilight (pseudo-spherical approximation)
- flexible looping through specified conditions,
- extensive in-code documentation.

This manuscript describes in some detail the driver program that is
likely of greatest interest to first-time users of the model. Some
example calculations are also given, as is some code documentation.

The code is written in standard FORTRAN 77 operating within a UNIX
environment. Conversion to other operating systems has been achieved
(e.g., McIntosh, Windows 95/98/NT), though some convenience may be
lost (e.g., the use of Makefiles). The code may be obtained from the
web site and is packed as a single tape archive (tar) file.
Suggestions for improvements and notification of possible code errors
are welcomed, and should be sent to Updates in input
data (e.g., extraterrestrial flux, cross sections and quantum yields,
action spectra, etc.) will be incorporated in future versions, as will
new features deemed to be generally useful.

More information:

[Summary Extracted from the NCAR/ACD TUV Manual]

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Originators: NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD)
Title: NCAR/ACD TUV: Tropospheric Ultraviolet & Visible Radiation Model
Provider: NCAR/ACD
Edition: 4.4
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Chemical Processes and Regional Modeling Group, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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Email: tuv at
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Atmospheric Chemistry Division
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80305-3000
Country: USA
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Email: tuv at
Contact Address:
Atmospheric Chemistry Division
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000
City: Boulder
Province or State: Colorado
Postal Code: 80305-3000
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2003-04-21
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-02-15
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