Earth Day 2020: CERES Net TOA Radiation

  • Released Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Updated Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:49PM
  • ID: 4817

This visualization shows top-of-atmosphere (TOA) net radiation for the Earth, as measured from space by the CERES instrument, for the period of August 2005 to July 2014 (this period was chosen for convenience rather than for scientific significance). The net radiation is the difference between absorbed solar radiation and outgoing longwave radiation.

This visualization was created in part to support Earth Day 2020 media releases.


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio


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Datasets used in this visualization

Terra and Aqua EBAF TOA Fluxes, Clouds (Collected with the CERES sensor)
Observed Data

Observed net balanced top of atmosphere (TOA) fluxes

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