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A climate index derived from satellite measured spectral infrared radiationThe vertical infrared radiative emitting structure (VIRES) climate index, based on radiative transfer theory and derived from the spectral radiances typically used to retrieve temperature profiles, is introduced. It is assumed that clouds and climate are closely related and a change in one will result in a change in the other. The index is a function of the cloud, temperature, and moisture distributions. It is more accurately retrieved from satellite data than is cloudiness per se. The VIRES index is based upon the shape and relative magnitude of the broadband weighting function of the infrared radiative transfer equation. The broadband weighting curves are retrieved from simulated satellite infrared sounder data (spectral radiances). The retrieval procedure is described and the error error sensitivities of the method investigated. Index measuring options and possible applications of the VIRES index are proposed.
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Abel, M. D. (Colorado State Univ. Fort Collins, CO, United States)
Fox, S. K. (Colorado State Univ. Fort Collins, CO, United States)
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August 10, 2013
Publication Date
May 18, 1982
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Publication: Initial Studies of Middle and Upper Tropospheric Stratiform Clouds
ISSN: 0067-0340
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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