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the confuse about phase function of aerosol model

Posted: Thu May 06, 2021 10:00 am America/New_York
In aerosol.c of l2gen, the model_phase() can return phase. the one part of the code is as follows. I can't find the definition of splint() in all code, so I guess it returns a volume scattering function (phase) of aerosol look-up table according to scatter angle and wavelength. I am very confuse about "phase[im][iw] = exp(phase1) +exp(phase2)*(fres1[ig] + fres2[ig])". Why is it an exponential function of phase1 and phase2? if phase1 or phase2 is greater than 300 or 400, the result of the exponential function will be extremely great. Is there any literature or explanation? Thanks!

/* compute phase function for this geometry, all models */
for (iw = 0; iw < aertab->nwave; iw++) {
ig = gmult * iw;
splint(aertab->scatt,
&aertab->model[im]->lnphase[iw][0],
&aertab->model[im]->d2phase[iw][0],
aertab->nscatt, scatt1[ig], &phase1);
splint(aertab->scatt,
&aertab->model[im]->lnphase[iw][0],
&aertab->model[im]->d2phase[iw][0],
aertab->nscatt, scatt2[ig], &phase2);
// incident diffuse reflected diff dir
phase[im][iw] = exp(phase1) +
exp(phase2)*(fres1[ig] + fres2[ig]);
}

Re: the confuse about phase function of aerosol model

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 11:14 am America/New_York
(1) Splint () returns the phase function interpolated from LUTs using the scattering angle (scatt1[ig]).
(2) The reason for the exponential function is that before the interpolation, the phase function in the LUTs is transformed to log(phase). So after interpolation, the phase function need to be transformed back. You may not see that big interpolated value (300 or 400) since the interpolation is based on log(phase).

Minwei

Re: the confuse about phase function of aerosol model

Posted: Thu May 13, 2021 10:57 pm America/New_York
But, the big interpolated values exist in some LUTs（for example：aerosol_modist_r30f00v01.hdf, please see attachment）. why?

Re: the confuse about phase function of aerosol model

Posted: Fri May 14, 2021 10:47 am America/New_York
You need to transform these big values in the LUTs to log(). These log transformed values are then used for the interpolation. The interpolated value is then transformed back using exp().
Minwei

Re: the confuse about phase function of aerosol model

Posted: Sun May 16, 2021 2:27 am America/New_York