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ISLSCP II Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Monthly Albedo, 1986-1990

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Data setISLSCP II Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Monthly Albedo, 1986-1990
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/957
Release date2010-01-25
ProjectInternational Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP II)
Time period1986-01-01 to 1990-02-01

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Description

The goals of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) are (1) to understand the radiation balance between the Sun, Earth, atmosphere, and space and (2) to establish an accurate, long-term baseline data set for detection of climate changes. Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) data are fundamental to the development of realistic climate models and to the understanding of natural and anthropogenic perturbations of the climate system. As part of ERBE, measurements of broadband shortwave radiation reflected from the Earth-atmosphere system were obtained, from which top of atmosphere albedo values were calculated. In addition, values from scenes determined to be free of clouds were analyzed separately and clear-sky albedos were derived. For this study, only the clear-sky albedos are included. The ERBE data sets for the International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project (ISLSCP) Initiative II contain global, top of atmosphere, clear sky albedo data from January 1986 to February 1990. The original ERBE albedo data at 2.5 degree spatial resolution were re-gridded to a 1 degree spatial resolution by the ISLSCP II staff. Both the original data at 2.5 degree resolution and the 1 degree data set are provided.

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Citation

Barkstrom, B.R. 2009. ISLSCP II Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Monthly Albedo, 1986-1990. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/957

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
erbe_albedo_orig_1986.zip 148.6KB 1986-01-01 - 1986-12-31
erbe_albedo_orig_1989.zip 132.3KB 1989-01-01 - 1989-12-31
erbe_albedo_orig_1990.zip 20.3KB 1990-01-01 - 1990-02-01
erbe_albedo_orig_1987.zip 145.5KB 1987-01-01 - 1987-12-31
erbe_albedo_1deg_1987.zip 388.1KB 1987-01-01 - 1987-12-31
erbe_albedo_1deg_1988.zip 388.5KB 1988-01-01 - 1988-12-31
erbe_albedo_1deg_1986.zip 395.7KB 1986-01-01 - 1986-12-31
erbe_albedo_1deg_1989.zip 354.0KB 1989-01-01 - 1989-12-31
erbe_albedo_1deg_1990.zip 54.4KB 1990-01-01 - 1990-02-01
erbe_albedo_orig_1988.zip 145.4KB 1988-01-01 - 1988-12-31

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  • 1_erbe_albedo_monthly_doc.pdf
  • 0_erbe_albedo_readme.txt

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