Earth  ID: 3179

Scene Identification Compared to Clouds (WMS)

The Earth's climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun to the Earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere. As the Earth rotates, the sun lights up only part of the Earth at a time, and some of that incoming solar energy is reflected and some is absorbed, depending on type of area it lights. The amount of reflection and absorption is critical to the climate. An instrument named CERES orbits the Earth every 99 minutes and measures the reflected solar energy. This animation shows the scene identification as measured by CERES during 29 orbits on June 20 and 21 of 2003. By comparing the incoming solar radiation with the outgoing reflected and thermal radiation, it is possible to identify the type of area being viewed, whether it be land, clouds, ocean, or ice. This scene identification is used together with the radiation flux measurements to build up a complete picture of the Earth's energy budget over time.


For More Information

http://asd-www.larc.nasa.gov/ceres/ASDceres.html


Visualization Credits

Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Animator
Bruce A. Wielicki (NASA/LaRC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Mission:
Landsat

Data Used:
GOES-10/Imager 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
Meteosat-7/VISSR 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GMS-5/Spin-Scan Imager/Cloud Cover 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-10/Imager/Cloud Cover 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-12/Imager/Cloud Cover 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
METEOSAT-6/MVIRI/Cloud Cover 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
ERBE Scene Identification 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-12/Imager 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
Aqua/CERES 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-9/Imager 2003/06/20-2003/06/21
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This item is part of this series:
WMS

Keywords:
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Radiation >> Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds >> Cloud Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Sea Ice >> Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Land Surface >> Surface Radiative Properties >> Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Heat Budget >> Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Ice >> Reflectance
SVS >> GOES
SVS >> CERES
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0