Accession Number : ADA297902

Title :   BLIRB Visualization and BUFR Encoder/Decoder Software User's Guide.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 94-Apr 95,

Corporate Author : BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Personal Author(s) : Avara, Elton P.

PDF Url : ADA297902

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 543

Abstract : The eight-stream extension of the Boundary Layer Illumination Radiation Balance Model (BLIRB8) provides direct and diffuse radiative fluxes at each grid point in a physical BLIRB8 space. This physical space may contain several regions of aerosol concentration (clouds, smoke, fog, etc.), ground level areas of varying albedos, flares, and a searchlight. BLIRB8 inputs are in a file comprised of several records containing the necessary input parameters. These records are complex and require each parameter field to contain a valid input. VISUAL was developed to provide a user-friendly graphical user interface for building the input file and graphically displaying the BLIRB8 output flux fields in an interactive mode. All BLIRB8 inputs (except a savefile name) can be selected using the mouse. The keyboard may be used for hotkeys. The BLlRB8 radiant flux output file may be encoded using the World Meteorological Organization code form FM 94IX Ext. BUFR (Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data). BUFR is a binary encoding scheme designed to represent any meteorological data. BLIRB^EN encodes BLIRB8 output to a BUFR binary file. BLIRB^DE recovers the BLIRB8 output ASCII file from the BUFR file. (KAR) P. 3

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION, *METEOROLOGICAL DATA, *MENU, *RADIANT FLUX DENSITY, *ILLUMINANTS, GROUND LEVEL, CLOUDS, RADIATION, GLOBAL, AEROSOLS, INTERACTIONS, PARAMETERS, BOUNDARY LAYER, REGIONS, CODING, GRIDS(COORDINATES), SMOKE, FOG, METEOROLOGY, CONCENTRATION(COMPOSITION), SPACE(ROOM), USER FRIENDLY, SEARCHLIGHTS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Meteorology
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE