Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
at the NASA Langley Research Center

What is ERBE?

Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) is a NASA satellite measurement project that came about in the late 1970's as a result of NASA recognizing the importance of improving our understanding of the radiation budget and its effects on the Earth's climate, and a need to make accurate regional and global measurements of the components of the radiation budget. ERBE observations were collected from three satellites that measured global albedo, outgoing and reflected fluxes, and solar incidence. The first full calendar month of ERBE observation began on November 1984. The ERBE project officially ended after the decommission of the NASA ERBS satellite mission on August 2005. All ERBE data are permanently archived at the NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center.