RRTM (Stand-Alone Model)   /    RRTMG (GCM Applications) 


RRTM retains the highest accuracy relative to line-by-line results for single column calculations, while RRTMG provides improved efficiency with minimal loss of accuracy for GCM applications. 


Annual mean top of the atmosphere longwave cloud forcing for the ECMWF forecast model without RRTMG/McICA (top left contour) and with RRTMG/McICA (top right contour), CERES observations (center contours) and differences between the models and measurement (bottom contours). Line plots show zonal mean longwave cloud forcing (top), and longitude plots averaged over the extra tropics (center) and the tropics (bottom) for each model (black) and the observation (red) (from Morcrette et al., 2008). 




RRTMG Global and Regional Model Applications
  • ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts), Reading, UK
    • Integrated Forecast System (IFS), ERA40 Reanalysis
      Began operational use of LW on 27 June 2000 (version prior to LW_v2.0),
      Began operational use of LW and SW with McICA on 5 June 2007,
      Upgrade to v4.84 in progress as of April 2010
  • MPI (Max Planck Institute), Hamburg, Germany
    • ECHAM5
      Began operational use of LW in 2002 (prior to LW_v2.0 from ECMWF),
      Upgrade to v4.84 in progress as of April 2010
  • NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction)
    • Global Forecast System (GFS)
      Began operational use of RRTMG_LW at 12Z on 28 August 2003,
      Began operational use of RRTMG_SW at 12Z on 27 July 2010
  • NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction)
    • Climate Forecast System (CFS)
      Began operational use of LW in 2004,
      Update to include SW and newer LW expected in September 2010
  • NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction)
    • Rapid Update Cycle Forecast Model (RUC)
      Began operational use of LW in November 2008 (prior to LW_v2.0)
  • NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
    • Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF-ARW)
      Released as LW and SW radiation option in WRF_v3.1 in April 2009
  • NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
    • Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5) and
      Community Earth System Model (CESM1, formerly CCSM)
      CAM5 and CESM1 released with RRTMG/McICA (LW and SW) on 25 June 2010
  • NASA/GSFC (Goddard Space Flight Center)
    • Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS-5) Data Assimilation System
      Implementation and testing of LW_v4.83 and SW_v3.8 began in 2009
  • LMD (Laboratory for Dynamical Meteorology), France
    • LMDZ climate model
      Began operational use of LW in 2008-09 (prior to LW_v2.0 from ECMWF).
  • CMA (China Meteorological Administration), China
    • Global/Regional Assimilation and Prediction System (GRAPES)
      Implementation and testing of LW_v4.71 and SW_v3.8 began in February 2009
  • Meteo-France (French National Meteorological Service), France
    • Meso-NH (Non-hydrostatic Meso-scale atmospheric model)
      Included LW as radiation option in 2009 (prior to LW_v2.0 from ECMWF).



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