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atlas of albedo and absorbed solar radiation derived from nimbus 7 earth radiation budget data set, november 1985 to october 1987An atlas of monthly mean global contour maps of albedo and absorbed solar radiation is presented for 21 months from Nov. 1985 to Oct. 1987. These data were retrieved from measurements made by the shortwave wide-field-of-view radiometer of the Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) instrument aboard the Nimbus 7 spacecraft. Profiles of zonal mean albedos and absorbed solar radiation were tabulated. These geographical distributions are provided as a resource for researchers studying the radiation budget of the Earth. The El Nino/Southern Oscillation event of 1986-1987 is included in this data set. This atlas of albedo and absorbed solar radiation extends to 12 years the period covered by two similar atlases: NASA RP-1230 (Jul. 1975 - Oct. 1978) and NASA RP-1231 (Nov. 1978 - Oct. 1985). These three compilations complement the atlases of outgoing longwave radiation by Bess and Smith in NASA RP-1185, RP-1186, and RP-1261, which were also based on the Nimbus 6 and 7 ERB data.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - NASA Reference Publication (RP)
Smith, G. Louis
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Rutan, David
(Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA., United States)
Bess, T. Dale
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1992
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.61:1281
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 578-12-26-70
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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