RFM v5.0 is a complete rewrite, as well as conversion from Fortran77 to
Fortran90 (actually you'll need a compiler for Fortran2003 or later - the
code makes extensive use of the MOVE_ALLOC intrinsic function which only
came in with F2003).
Apart from requiring different compilation instructions, the inputs/outputs
remain the same,
within the limits of numerical significance, so mostly invisible to the user
(see Differences, below).
For the user, the main advantage is the automatic array-allocation
available with F90, meaning no more editing of rfmsiz.inc and
an array dimension has to be increased.
From my point of view it's a chance for a simplification which should make
it easier for me to add/change/fix things
(bearing in mind that the original code has evolved hapharzardly from its
original incarnation in 1995
as a limb radiance simulator for MIPAS).
On the other hand, being almost entirely
new code, it will have a whole new set of
From the RFM v4.3 user's viewpoint, these are the main changes
- RFM Runlog file
- The name is changed from rfm.runlog to rfm.log for
consistency with 3-character extensions of other RFM filenames.
If you really still want the old version, edit the OPEN
statement in rfm.f90
- BIN Flag
- Binary files now written with a simpler format, with the spectral data
written as a single record (possible with the new architecture which outputs
the full spectrum in one WRITE statement).
- LUN Flag
- Ignored (with a warning message). No longer required since the
new architecture doesn't require multiple output files to be kept open
(see Internal Structure).
- TIPS Data
- Total Internal Partition Sums, essentially the temperature-dependent
scale factor applied to all line intensities to allow for the increasing
population of excited states reducing the number of ground-state molecules.
The TPS Flag is
no longer supported. RFM v4.3 used a 4th-order Lagrangian interpolation
from Gamache 2012 data tabulated at 25K intervals. RFM v5 uses the new
(HITRAN 2016) Gamache TIPS data sampled at 20K intervals (the original
data is tabulated at 1 or 2K intervals but the associated file is huge).
Differences between RFM v5 and v4.3 due to the change in TIPS data are of
the order of 1%.
- V42 Flag
- No longer supported. I'm assuming by now everyone will be accustomed
to RFM v4.3 and no longer require compatibility with RFM v4.2
- REJ Flag
- Now redefined to do something more useful.
The following new features are implemented in RFM v5.0
- *GAS Section
- Arbitrary molecules can be specified by the user, as long as they
have a corresponding profile in the
section and cross-section data
in the *XSC section.
(Only new x/s molecules
can be specified in this way since line molecules require additional data
such as mass and partition sums which are not present in the
HITRAN line parameters).
- *HIT Section
- HITRAN line data can now be used in the original 160 character
record form (.par files) as well as the binary form created by the
hitbin program. It's slower but if you just want a
one-off RFM calculation it saves the extra step of having to convert the
HITRAN data to binary form.
- *XSC Section
- HITRAN x/s data can now be used in the original form
downloaded from the HITRAN web-site, as well as the RFM-modified form
created by the
hitxsc program. Again saving having to run the
conversion program but in this case only a negligible cost in speed.
Firstly, an acknowledgement for Clive Page (U.Leicester) for his valuable
The F77 version of the RFM was split into *.for and *.inc files, the latter
containing common data or constants. In F90 these are all replaced by
'modules' with the extension *.f90,
although I've added further information in the
Generally each module will enclose a single subroutine or function of the
same name, eg module abcdef_sub.f90 contains just the subroutine
ABCDEF. The exceptions are the Generic modules which contain a
set of functions or subroutines which all perform the same operation but
on different types of input variables (eg real, double precision) - one of
the new features available with F90.
- *_sub.f90 Subroutine
- *_fnc.f90 Function
- *_gen.f90 Generic Subroutine/Function
- *_dat.f90 Global variables or constants (approx old *.inc files)