CERES FLASHFlux: Near Term Global Satellite-based Radiative Fluxes for Science and Applications

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Monday, 5 January 2015
Parchai K. Sawaengphokhai, SSAI, Hampton, VA; and P. Stackhouse Jr., D. P. Kratz, S. K. Gupta, and A. C. Wilber

The Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) Fast Longwave And SHortwave Radiative Fluxes (FLASHFlux) data products were introduced at the NASA Langley Research Center to address the needs of the science community for global surface and top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiative fluxes on a near real term basis, typically within a week. In contrast to the CERES climate quality data products, which are used to study long-term climate trends and the global average variability, the purpose of FLASHFlux is to provide data that can be used to estimate the radiative fluxes for near real term endeavors such as scientific field campaigns, renewable energy applications, and agricultural applications.

In this presentation, we normalized FLASHFlux Top-Of-Atmosphere (TOA) fluxes to CERES Energy Balance and Filled (EBAF) TOA fluxes to provide year-to-year flux change and flux anomalies base on EBAF TOA climatology for the State of the Climate report TOA radiation budget section. In addition, we will also showcase FLASHFlux Version3B Shortwave surface flux response to polar sea ice change compare with the Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) field campaign, highlight FLASHFlux usage in solar power planning and monitoring via the RETScreen tool, and report FLASHFlux usage in crops models.