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Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE)
Publisher: GB/NCAS/BADC > British Atmospheric Data Centre, NERC Centres for Atmospheric Science, United Kingdom  [contact email: BADC AT rl.ac.uk]  [web page]
Summary: The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment is designed around three Earth-orbiting satellites: the NASA Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS), and two NOAA satellites. The data from these satellites is being used to study the radiation budget, which represents the balance between incoming energy from the Sun and outgoing thermal (longwave) and reflected (shortwave) energy from the Earth. The Earths radiation budget is the primary indicator of global climate change. The absorbed shortwave radiation (incident minus reflected) fuels the earths climate and biosphere systems. The longwave radiation represents the exhaust heat emitted to space. It can be used to estimate the insulating effect of the atmosphere (the greenhouse effect). It is also a useful indicator of cloud amount and activity. Consequently the ERBE has helped scientists worldwide better understand how clouds and aerosols, as well as some chemical compounds in the atmosphere (greenhouse gases), affect the Earths daily and long-term weather (the Earths climate). In addition, the ERBE data has helped scientists better understand how the amount of energy emitted by the Earth varies from day to night. These diurnal changes are also very important aspects of our daily weather and climate. The goals of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) are: 1) to understand the radiation balance between the Sun, Earth, atmosphere and space which drives our weather and climate system, 2) to establish an accurate, long-term baseline data set for studying climate system changes.
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