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Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Data Sets for Global Environment and Climate Change StudiesFor a number of years there has been considerable interest in the earth's radiation budget (ERB) or energy balance, and entails making the best measurements possible of absorbed solar radiation, reflected shortwave radiation (RSW), thermal outgoing longwave radiation (OLR), and net radiation. ERB data are fundamental to the development of realistic climate models and studying natural and anthropogenic perturbations of the climate. Much of the interest and investigations in the earth's energy balance predated the age of earth-orbiting satellites (Hunt et al., 1986). Beginning in the mid 1960's earth-orbiting satellites began to play an important role in making measurements of the earth's radiation flux although much effort had gone into measuring ERB parameters prior to 1960 (House et al., 1986). Beginning in 1974 and extending until the present time, three different satellite experiments (not all operating at the same time) have been making radiation budget measurements almost continually in time. Two of the experiments were totally dedicated to making radiation budget measurements of the earth, and the other experiment flown on NOAA sun-synchronous AVHRR weather satellites produced radiation budget parameters as a by-product. The heat budget data from the AVHRR satellites began collecting data in June 1974 and have operated almost continuously for 23 years producing valuable data for long term climate monitoring.
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Bess, T. Dale (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Carlson, Ann B. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Denn, Fredrick M. (Analytical Services and Materials, Inc. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1997
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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