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

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Radiation Budget

Radiation Budget


Radiation budget refers to the difference between the absorbed solar radiation and the net infrared radiation. The radiation budget takes into account the sum of all radiation, transferred in all directions, through the Earth's atmosphere and to and from space. The radiation budget (or radiation balance) controls the Earth's temperature and rainfall.


Projects Definition/Description Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage


Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor (ACRIM) II:
monitors the total variability of solar irradiance with active cavity radiometer sensors.
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Looks at Sun 10/04/1991 - 11/01/2001


Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor (ACRIM) III:
monitors the total variability of solar irradiance with active cavity radiometer sensors.
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Looks at Sun 04/05/2000 - 12/01/2009


Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (AirMISR) is an airborne instrument for obtaining multi-angle imagery similar to that of the satellite-borne MISR instrument, which is designed to contribute to ...Read more

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The ARM Enhanced Shortwave Experiment (ARESE) was conducted at the Department of Energy's ARM Southern Great Plains (SGP) Central Facility between September 22, 1995 and November 1, 1995. The principal objectives of ARESE were ( ...Read more

Southern Great Plains 09/25/1995 - 10/23/1995


Atlantic - THORpex Observing System Test (ATOST) is part of an international research program to accelerate improvements in the accuracy of 1 to 14 day weather forecasts. A number of additional air, ground, and ...Read more

Bangor, Maine 11/06/2003 - 12/17/2003


Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate. It flies in formation with five other satellites in ...Read more

Global 06/13/2006 - Present


The Convection And Moisture EXperiment (CAMEX) is a series of field research investigation sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise.

CAMEX-4 is focused on the study of tropical cyclone (hurricane) development, ...Read more

Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, East Coast United States 08/13/2001 - 09/26/2001


The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) is a key component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. The CERES instruments provide radiometric measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from ...Read more

Global 12/27/1997 - Present


The Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) field campaign was conducted from NASA Wallops Flight Facility covering the middle Atlantic eastern seaboard from July 10 - August 3, ...Read more

Middle Atlantic Eastern Seaboard 06/29/2001 - 08/03/2001


Deep Space Climate ObserVatoRy (formerly known as Triana) was originally conceived in the late 1990s as a NASA Earth science mission that would provide a near continuous view of Earth and ...Read more

Global 06/08/2015 - Present