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Improvement of Surface Longwave Flux Algorithms Used in CERES Processing

Gupta, S. K., D. P. Kratz, P. Stackhouse, A. C. Wilber, T. Zhang, and V. E. Sothcott (2010), Improvement of Surface Longwave Flux Algorithms Used in CERES Processing, J. Appl. Meteor. Climat., 49, 1579-1589, doi:10.1175/2010JAMC2463.1.

An improvement was developed and tested for surface longwave flux algorithms used in the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System processing based on lessons learned during the validation of global results of those algorithms. The algorithms involved showed significant overestimation of downward longwave flux for certain regions, especially dry–arid regions during hot times of the day. The primary cause of this overestimation was identified and the algorithms were modified to (i) detect meteorological conditions that would produce an overestimation, and (ii) apply a correction when the overestimation occurred. The application of this correction largely eliminated the positive bias that was observed in earlier validation studies. Comparisons of validation results before and after the application of correction are presented.

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