Calculation of clear-sky outgoing longwave radiation using ECMWF gridded fields and ISCCP C1 cloud data
- Ramsey, Perry G.
- Jan. 01, 1994.
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- Clear-Sky OLR (outgoing longwave radiation) has a variety of definitions. Clear-sky OLR can be measured from satellites by examining the data to detect clouds, eliminating those observations that are contaminated with clouds, and averaging the remaining data. The disadvantage of this method is that satellites do not provide time continuous coverage, requiring many observations and careful analysis to remove sampling biases. Alternatively, clear-sky OLR can be found continuously using a radiative flux code, combined with analyzed fields of temperature, humidity and clouds, either from assimilated observations or a GCM simulation. The disadvantage is that the cloud field is typically very low resolution, on the order of 200 km, so they lack important small scale cloud detail. Even if fractional clouds data is available, it is not obvious how GCM and ERBE results should be compared. The purpose of this study is to assess clear-sky OLR calculated from these methods using available data. Cloud data from ISCCP provides the fractional cloud coverage data necessary to test these methods against calculations based on observed data. Clear-sky OLR is calculated using the ECMWF/TOGA archive. Monthly averages are made in the manner of the several methods listed above and compared to each other and to ERBE.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19960016400.
Accession ID: 96N22203.
8th Conference of Atmospheric Radiation; Jan. 1994; Nashville, TN; United States.
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