Collection of Radiation Data and Colour Images from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment

The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) instrument aboard the NASA Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) was launched from the Space Shuttle Challenger in October 1984 (STS-41G). The ERBE instrument's main aim was to provide accurate measurements of incoming solar energy and shortwave and longwave radiation reflected or emitted from the Earth back into space. The dataset contains colour images (shortwave/longwave/net radiation, albedo, clear-sky albedo, clear-sky shortwave/longwave/net radiation, and shortwave/longwave/net cloud forcing) from scanning radiometers on the three ERBE satellites and for combined satellite cases. Monthly average values are included for the time periods during which the scanners were operational. This dataset is public.

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Data Cost and Access Public - Free and Open Access
Start Date of Collection 1984-11-01
End Date of Collection 1990-02-28
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Lineage Data collected by NASA using the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS), processed and prepared by NASA. A copy of the data were then obtained by the BADC to be made available through the BADC archive. ; Data collected and processed by NASA prior to publication.
Additional Information National Aeronautics and Space Administration. [Barkstrom, B.R.; Minnis, P.] Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE), [Internet]. Langley Distributed Active Archive Center, 1990, Date of citation. Available from