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Earth Radiation Budget Research at the NASA Langley Research CenterIn the 1970s research studies concentrating on satellite measurements of Earth's radiation budget started at the NASA Langley Research Center. Since that beginning, considerable effort has been devoted to developing measurement techniques, data analysis methods, and time-space sampling strategies to meet the radiation budget science requirements for climate studies. Implementation and success of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) and the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) was due to the remarkable teamwork of many engineers, scientists, and data analysts. Data from ERBE have provided a new understanding of the effects of clouds, aerosols, and El Nino/La Nina oscillation on the Earth's radiation. CERES spacecraft instruments have extended the time coverage with high quality climate data records for over a decade. Using ERBE and CERES measurements these teams have created information about radiation at the top of the atmosphere, at the surface, and throughout the atmosphere for a better understanding of our climate. They have also generated surface radiation products for designers of solar power plants and buildings and numerous other applications
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Special Publication (SP)
Smith, G. Louis
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
Harrison, Edwin F.
(Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
Gibson, Gary G.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
June 3, 2014
Publication Date
May 1, 2014
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 921266.04.07.07
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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