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The radiation budget of stratocumulus clouds measured by tethered balloon instrumentation: Variability of flux measurementsMeasurements of longwave and shortwave radiation were made using an instrument package on the NASA tethered balloon during the FIRE Marine Stratocumulus experiment. Radiation data from two pairs of pyranometers were used to obtain vertical profiles of the near-infrared and total solar fluxes through the boundary layer, while a pair of pyrgeometers supplied measurements of the longwave fluxes in the cloud layer. The radiation observations were analyzed to determine heating rates and to measure the radiative energy budget inside the stratocumulus clouds during several tethered balloon flights. The radiation fields in the cloud layer were also simulated by a two-stream radiative transfer model, which used cloud optical properties derived from microphysical measurements and Mie scattering theory.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Duda, David P.
(Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO, United States)
Stephens, Graeme L.
(Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO, United States)
Cox, Stephen K.
(Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, FIRE Science Results 1989
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
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Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: N00014-87-K-0228
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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