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Solar Irradiance

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Solar irradiance at the top of the atmosphere on a plane normal to the incident radiation, and at the mean distance of the Earth from the Sun. Solar irradiance is also referred to as the solar constant. In satellite remote sensing, the solar irradiance is used as an onboard calibrartion of visible band sensors. Some climate studies suggest that small variations in the solar irradiance associated with solar activity over days to decades may have an effect the Earth's climate.

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Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data Products
Begin Date End Date Data Access Doc
Solar Irradiance (incident at the top of the atmosphere) None SORCE/SOLSTICE 2003-02-25 Current SOR3SSID Y
SORCE/TIM 2003-02-25 Current SOR3TSID Y
UARS/SOLSTICE 1991-11-01 1999-12-31 UARSO3BS Y
UARS/SUSIM 1991-10-12 2002-04-27 UARSU3BS Y
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Last updated: Dec 02, 2011 02:21 PM ET