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NET SHORTWAVE RADIATION

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Definition

Net shortwave radiation is a measure of the difference between incoming solar shortwave radiation and outgoing shortwave radiation from the earth surface. Net shortwave radiation can be expressed by the amount of incident solar shortwave radiation absorbed on the earth surface per unit of area:

net shortwave radiation (W/m^2) = {direct shortwave radiation (W/m^2)
       + diffused shortwave radiation (W/m^2)} (1 – surface albedo)

 

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Applications

  1. Environmental issues
  2. Water cycle
  3. Energy cycle
  4. Weather forecast
  5. Climate prediction modeling

GES DISC Datasets

To access products that have a specific parameter click on the corresponding 'data access' links in the table below.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data
Begin Date End Date Access Doc
Net Shortwave Radiation W/m^2 GLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y
SW radiation flux net (surface)  W/m^2 NLDAS Model 1979 present ftp Y

Other sources for data

  1. LDAS
  2. NASA/NEO
  3. NOAA/PSD
  4. NOAA/OSDPD
  5. NOAA/NCDC
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