8.1 GEWEX Radiative Flux Assessment: overview, preliminary findings and future plans

Wednesday, 30 June 2010: 10:30 AM
Pacific Northwest Ballroom (DoubleTree by Hilton Portland)
Paul W. Stackhouse Jr., NASA/LaRC, Hampton, VA; and L. M. Hinkelman, T. Wong, L. H. Chambers, E. Raschke, S. Kinne, W. B. Rossow, Y. Zhang, E. G. Dutton, M. Wild, T. Zhang, S. J. Cox, and J. C. Mikovitz

The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Radiative Flux Assessment (RFA) is an international effort to produce a community-wide evaluation of the currently available long-term radiative flux data sets derived from satellite based analyses in the context of global change detection and analysis. Its primary activity consists of assessing the uncertainties associated with these data sets by comparing TOA and surface radiative flux data products to each other and investigating the sources of differences. Surface measurements are also assessed and compared to the satellite based data sets. Data sets from global long-term reanalyses and global climate models are also compared against the satellite records. The assessment includes both upwelling and downwelling SW and LW fluxes, for all-sky and clear-sky conditions over all portions of the globe and at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Its goal is to characterize variations in the fluxes over time and to establish error estimates for each product over the various temporal and spatial scales, thus facilitating the use of these products in future climate studies.

This presentation will discuss the current status of the Flux Assessment, including a summary of results to date, weaknesses in the current satellite and surface observation systems, and recommendations for future improvements to these systems. Results will focus upon comparisons of the mean and variability of the TOA and Surface fluxes from multiple satellite based measurement algorithms and model reanalyses. Time series comparisons between datasets will be presented and discussed. Surface fluxes from multiple algorithms are compared against high quality surface measurements from the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) for both mean ensemble and monthly ensemble anomalies. Lastly, a final schedule future work towards the production of a final report is presented.

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