Installing libRadtran on Macbook Air (Mountain Lion)

Some of you may know libRadtran – the library for radiative transfer. It’s a great tool for all those interested in radiative transfer of the atmosphere. The library is open source and freely available on

For those users not so familiar with unix environments, it may be a little bit tricky sometimes to get those kinds of tools compiled and running. Especially if we include the dependencies the software requires for some (not all) features.

Therefore I just made some notes during the latest full installation of libradtran on my system (which is a Macbook Air running Mountain Lion [Mac OS X 10.8]).