Earth  ID: 3175

Outgoing Shortwave Flux 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 reflected solar radiation measured by CERES during 29 orbits on June 20 and 21 of 2003 over infrared cloud images for the same period. Reflected solar radiation is shortwave radiation, and the most intense reflection comes from clouds.

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https://ceres.larc.nasa.gov/


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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Data Used:
GOES-10/Imager
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-12/Imager
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
METEOSAT-6/MVIRI/Cloud Cover
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-12/Imager/Cloud Cover
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-10/Imager/Cloud Cover
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GMS-5/Spin-Scan Imager/Cloud Cover
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
GOES-9/Imager
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
Meteosat-7/VISSR
2003/06/20-2003/06/21
Aqua/CERES/Outgoing Shortwave Radiation Flux
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 >> Shortwave Radiation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds >> Cloud Reflectance
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Heat Budget >> Shortwave Radiation
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