Kato, S., N. G. Loeb, D. A. Rutan, and F. G. Rose, 2015: Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant System (CERES) data products for climate research. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 93, 597-612.
http://doi.org/10.2151/jmsj.2015-048 Graphical Abstract with highlights
- The paper provides brief descriptions of algorithms used to produce level-2 and -3 CERES top-of-atmosphere and surface irradiance data products, their uncertainty and validation results. Figure 1 (above) extracted from the paper shows that surface irradiances from CERES EBAF-surface and SYN1deg-month data products agree with surface irradiances observed at validation sites to within their uncertainties.
- Using a simple analytical model, the paper discusses the method to detect top-of-atmosphere shortwave and longwave irradiance trends. It also shows that the time to detect trends depends on feedback parameters.