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 parameters are available?

  • Albedo - The ratio of reflective shortwave flux to the solar incoming flux at top of atmosphere (TOA), where zero (0.0) represents total absorption, and one (1.0) represents total reflectance.
  • Net - Net Radiation (Net) is the amount of total radiative flux energy deposited into the Earth system at top of the atmosphere (TOA).
  • OLR - Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) is an alias for longwave (LW) radiative flux energy leaving the Earth system at top of the atmosphere (TOA).
  • RSR - Reflected Shortwave Radiation (RSR) is an alias for shortwave (SW) radiative flux energy leaving the Earth system at top of the atmosphere (TOA).
  • Scene Identification - The twelve possible ERBE scene categories constructed from combinations of geography and cloud cover resulting in distinct Angular Distribution Models.
  • Solar Incidence - The time integrated value of solar incoming flux into the Earth system at top of the atmosphere (TOA).
  • Total Solar Irradiance - The average power received on a unit area at the mean Earth/Sun distance (Watts/square meter).