New dataset published in the CDS: Earth's radiation budget from 1979 to present derived from satellite observations

We are pleased to announce that the Earth's radiation budget from 1979 to present derived from satellite observations dataset has been published in the Climate Data Store (CDS).

The Earth’s Radiation Budget (ERB) represents the overall balance between incoming and outgoing radiant energy at the Earth’s Top-of-the-Atmosphere. This Essential Climate Variable (ECV) is the primary forcing of the climate system and is therefore a fundamental quantity to be monitored to understand the Earth’s climate and its variability.

ERB data from a number of sources is made available:

  • The NASA Cloud and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Energy Balanced And Filled (EBAF) produced data is suitable for analysis of variability at the intra-seasonal, inter-annual, and longer time scales.
  • NOAA/NCEI High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS) data provides monthly means of the Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) since January 1979, thus offering observations over more than 40 years.
  • The ESA Cloud-CCI record comprises 17 years (1995-2012) of observations on clouds from the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) series of instruments, flown onboard ESA Earth Observation satellites (ERS-2) and Envisat. The Cloud_cci cloud properties and radiative flux product is produced by RAL Space under the ESA Climate Change Initiative programme.

  • The C3S-CCI covers the Interim Climate Data Record (ICDR) extension (January 2017-present) of the ESA Cloud-CCI dataset.
  • C3S Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMIB) Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) data.

ERB data is now available to download interactively over the CDS web interface at!/dataset/satellite-earth-radiation-budget?tab=form or programmatically using the CDS API service.

Extensive documentation is also available:!/dataset/satellite-earth-radiation-budget?tab=doc

For any enquiries or feedback regarding the above, please contact us.

C3S Helpdesk at ECMWF