smrt.microstructure_model package

Microstructure models are different representations of the snow microstructure. Because these representations are different, the parameters to describe actual snow micro-structure depends on the model. For instance, the Sticky Hard Spheres medium is implemented in sticky_hard_spheres and its parameters are: the radius (required) and the stickiness (optional, default value is non-sticky, even though we do recommend to use a stickiness of ~0.1-0.3 in practice).

Because IBA is one of the important electromagnetic theories provided by SMRT, the first/main role of microstructure models is to provide the Fourier transform of the autocorrelation functions. Hence most microstructure models are named after the autocorrelation function. For instance, the exponential autocorrelation function is that used in MEMLS. Its only parameter is the corr_length.

To use microstructure models, it is only required to read the documentation of each model to determine the required and optional parameters. Selecting the microstructure model is usually done with make_snowpack which only requires the name of the module (the filename with .py). The import of the module is automatic. For instance:

from smrt import make_snowpack

sp = make_snowpack([1, 1000], "exponential", density=[200, 300], corr_length=[0.2e-3, 0.5e-3])

This snippet creates a snowpack with the exponential autocorrelation function for all (2) layers. Import of the exponential is automatic and creation of instance of the class Exponential is done by the model method.