A 7-year period (2001-2007) that is common to all datasets is chosen for comparisons of global and zonal averages, monthly and annual average timeseries, and their anomalies. These comparisons showed significant differences between EBAF and the other datasets. Certain anomalies and trends observed in the satellite-derived datasets were attributable to corresponding features in satellite datasets used as input, especially ISCCP cloud properties. Comparisons of zonal averages showed significant differences especially over higher latitudes even when those differences were not obvious in the 7-year global averages. Special emphasis was placed on the analysis of the correspondence between spatial patterns of the geographical distribution of the above fluxes on a 7-year average as well as on a month-by-month basis using the Taylor (2001) methodology. Results showed that for 7-year average fields correlation coefficients between spatial patterns exceeded 0.95 for all fluxes with only one exception.
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