RFM Driver Table Sections

*GRD Section: Irregular Grid Data


Secondary Section - depends on GRD Flag.

Irregular Grid Data Filenames

Multiple fields, arbitrary order.
FieldTypeDescription Range
FILGRD C*200 Name of .grd File
RFM v4.35: could also be irregular spectral file
DEFGRD C*200 Default .grd Filename template Contains '*' character

  1. Files in this section specify the irregular internal grid used for RFM finemesh calculations (as an alternative to the regular internal grid spacing), and assuming a regular output grid.
    RFM v4.35 onwards: these files can also be used in the *SPC section to specify irregular output grids, which will automatically define the irregular internal grid as well so no need for the GRD flag or *GRD section with irregular output grids.
  2. Each irregular grid file FILGRD listed in this section is opened and the spectral range of the file compared with all the output ranges selected in the *SPC section. If the file range completely overlaps one or more of the selected ranges it will be used for that range. If not, then the default is to use the normal line-by-line calculation. An appropriate message appears in the rfm.runlog file.
  3. The filename template DEFGRD is optional, and identified by the presence of a '*' character. Only one such template may appear in the section. If a filename template is supplied, first all the explicitly specified files FILGRD are read, then '*' character in the template is expanded to the LABSPC label of each spectral range not yet assigned an irregular grid and, if the file exists, it is then included.
  4. If there is any ambiguity over which grid is to be used (i.e. two files overlapping the same spectral range) a fatal error condition results.
  5. The grid is only required to overlap the output spectral range: if an ILS convolution is required then a further check is performed on whether the grid covers the additional range required by the width of the ILS. If this is not the case then a warning message is issued and the calculation proceeds on the assumption that the absorption beyond the edges of the grid is negligible.
  6. The Max/Min tangent altitudes listed in the grid are also compared with the set of tangent heights selected for calculation. If any of these are outside the max/min range of the grid file a warning message results but the calculation proceeds anyway.
  7. RFM v4.35 onwards: the grid can also be specified by an irregular spectral file

        H2O_0001.grd H2O_0002.grd  ! GRD for H2O microwindows
        ./other/*.grd             ! Template for grd files for any other label
        CH4_0013.grd              ! GRD for MW CH4_0013

Bug#52 (Fixed v4.22)
Bug#43 (Fixed v4.22)
Bug#39 (Fixed v4.22)
Bug#33 (Fixed v4.12)
Bug#20 (Fixed v4.11)