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The BOREAS RSS-14 team collected and processed GOES-7 and -8 images of the BOREAS region as part of their effort to characterize the incoming, reflected and emitted radiation at regional scales. This data set contains surface radiation parameters, such as net radiation and net solar radiation, that have been interpolated from GOES-7 images and AMS data onto the standard BOREAS mapping grid at a resolution of 5 km N-S and E-W. While some parameters are taken directly from the AMS data set, others have been corrected according to calibrations carried out during the second 1994 IFC-2. The corrected values, as well as the uncorrected values are included. For example, two values of net radiation are provided: an uncorrected value (Rn), and a value that has been corrected according to the calibrations (Rn-COR). The data are provided in binary image format data files.

Companion files include example thumbnail images that may be viewed and the image data files downloaded using a convenient viewer utility.

A guide document which includes more information about this data set can be found at

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Data Citation

Cite this data set as follows:

Hodges, G. B., and E. A. Smith. 1999. BOREAS RSS-14 Level-3 Gridded Radiometer and Satellite Surface Radiation Images. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/447.


Gu, J. and E.A. Smith. 1997: High resolution estimates of total solar and PAR surface fluxes over large scale BOREAS study area from GOES measurements. J. Geophys. Res., BOREAS Special Issue, v. 102.

Hodges, G.B. and E.A. Smith. 1997. Intercalibration, objective analysis, intercomparison and synthesis of BOREAS surface net radiation measurements. J. Geophys. Res., BOREAS Special Issue, v. 102.

Hodges, G.B. 1997. Synthesis of BOREAS surface net radiation measurements. M.S. Thesis, Dept. of Meteorology, Florida State University, 68 pp.

Hodges, G.B. and E.A. Smith. 1996. Optimal estimates of surface net radiation field over BOREAS study-area from combination of net radiometer point measurements and GOES satellite retrievals. Eighth Conf. on Sat. Met. & Ocean. Amer. Met. Soc., Boston, MA. pp. 464-465.

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1994. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1994-3.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 94).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, H. Margolis, B. Kelly, D. Baldocchi, G. den Hartog, J. Cihlar, M.G. Ryan, B. Goodison, P. Crill, K.J. Ranson, D. Lettenmaier, and D.E. Wickland. 1995. The boreal ecosystem-atmosphere study (BOREAS): an overview and early results from the 1994 field year. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 76(9):1549-1577.

Sellers, P. and F. Hall, K.F. Huemmrich. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1994 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 94).

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1996-2.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 96).

Sellers, P.and F. Hall, K.F. Huemmrich. 1997. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1996 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 96).

Sellers, P.J., F.G. Hall, R.D. Kelly, A. Black, D. Baldocchi, J. Berry, M. Ryan, K.J. Ranson, P.M. Crill, D.P. Lettenmaier, H. Margolis, J. Cihlar, J. Newcomer, D. Fitzjarrald, P.G. Jarvis, S.T. Gower, D. Halliwell, D. Williams, B. Goodison, D.E. Wickland, and F.E. Guertin. (1997). "BOREAS in 1997: Experiment Overview, Scientific Results and Future Directions", Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), BOREAS Special Issue, 102(D24), Dec. 1997, pp. 28731-28770.

Smith, E.A., G.B. Hodges, M. Bacrania, H.J. Cooper, M.A. Owens, R. Chappell, and W. Kincannon. 1997: BOREAS net radiometer engineering study. NASA Report under Grant NAG5-2447.

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12-Oct-1999 (data citation revised on 26-Sep-2002)

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