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Nimbus-7 earth radiation budget data set and its uses
Author(s): H. Lee Kyle
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Paper Abstract

The Nimbus-7 Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) instrument began recording data on November 16 1978 and it is now in its 12th data year. The principle products are nine years of global albedo outgoing longwave and net radiation plus continuing solar irradiance measurements. The presence of an associated six-year Nimbus-7 global cloud data set enhances the usefulness of the ERB products. The chief purpose of this paper is to describe some uses that have been made of the data. These include studies in: regional energy heat budgets the improvement of climate and weather prediction models interannual climate variations shortwave bidirectional reflectance from Earth atmosphere scenes and solar physics. The evolution of the data products with time and some algorithm and calibration problems are also briefly discussed. Despite numerous problems the experiment continues to prove its usefulness. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1299, Long-Term Monitoring of the Earth's Radiation Budget, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21361
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H. Lee Kyle, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1299:
Long-Term Monitoring of the Earth's Radiation Budget
Bruce R. Barkstrom, Editor(s)

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