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


The NASA/GEWEX Surface Radiation Budget (SRB) Release-3.0 data sets contain global 3-hourly, daily, monthly/3-hourly, and monthly averages of surface and top-of atmosphere (TOA) longwave and shortwave radiative parameters on a 1°x1° grid. Model ...Read more

Global 07/01/1983 - 12/31/2007


The Release 6.0 Surface meteorology and Solar Energy (SSE) data set contains parameters formulated for assessing and designing renewable energy systems. This latest release contains new parameters based on recommendations by the renewable energy ...Read more

Global 22 year averages over 07/01/1983 - 06/30/2005


THe Observing-system Research and predictability experiment (THORpex) is a ten-year international research program where the primary objective is to accelerate improvements in short range weather predictions and ...Read more

Hawaii, Pacific Ocean 01/31/2003 - 04/10/2003