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EBAF - Energy Balanced And Filled

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EBAF-Surface Documentation

EBAF-Surface Product Features

  • Global gridded, monthly mean surface fluxes calculated using a radiative transfer model.
  • Radiative transfer calculations are performed hourly on the CERES 1° equal-area grid.
  • Cloud properties are derived from narrowband imagers onboard both EOS Terra and Aqua satellites as well as Geostationary satellites to more fully model the diurnal cycle of clouds.
  • Gridded monthly mean cloud and atmospheric properties are adjusted so that model results:
    • approach CERES net balanced Top-of-Atmosphere fluxes (EBAF-TOA product), where the global net is constrained to the ocean heat storage.
    • more closely match modeled downward longwave surface fluxes that include active cloud base measurements from Calipso and Cloudsat.
  • Clear sky is separately adjusted to the monthly mean from CERES EBAF-TOA clear-sky 'filled' observations.
  • EBAF-Surface is for climate model evaluation, estimating the Earth's global mean energy budget and to infer meridional heat transport.
  • EBAF-Surface is made available for Obs4MIPS here link to external site, which provides the EBAF satellite observed radiation data for the modelling and model analysis communities.

EBAF-Surface Processing Flowchart

Image: EBAF-Surface Processing Flowchart

EBAF-Surface Product Parameters

Order Tool View
Surface Fluxes Cloud Radiative Effect In-Atmospheric
Cloud Properties Aerosols Auxiliary Data
  • Shortwave Flux - Up
  • Shortwave Flux - Down
  • Longwave Flux - Up
  • Longwave Flux - Down
  • Net Shortwave Flux
  • Net Longwave Flux
  • Net Total Flux
  • Net Shortwave Flux
  • Net Longwave Flux
  • Net Total Flux

EBAF-Surface Spatial and Temporal Resolutions

  Spatial Resolutions
Regional grid
(1°x1° latitude by longitude)
Zonal grid
(1° latitude)
Monthly means EBAF-Surface
Climatology EBAF-Surface

EBAF-Surface Product Availability (Edition4.1 was released on May 28, 2019)

EBAF-Surface Product Processing Status ( by year / by month / by product edition)
Product Sat
Level 3B
EBAF-Surface Terra+Aqua
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Level 3B
Mar Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2000 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2001 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2002 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2003 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2004 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2005 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2006 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2007 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2008 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2009 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2010 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2011 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2012 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2013 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2014 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2015 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2016 Available   Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2017 Available Mar Terra+Aqua EBAF-Surface 2018 Available

 Terra Available  Aqua Available  S-NPP Available  J01 Available
 Combined (Terra+Aqua)  Combined (Terra+NPP)  Not Available (odd rows)  Not Available (even rows)

  • By clicking on "by month", a more detailed table will be rendered with the ability to click on specific months for daily and hourly Level 2 and Level 1B products.
  • By clicking on "by product edition", a more detailed table will be rendered with the versions of the product available.

CERES Instrument Temporal Coverage
Spacecraft Instrument(s) Launch Date Start Date End Date
TRMM PFM 11/27/1997 12/27/1997 05/29/2001
Terra FM1 & FM2 12/18/1999 02/25/2000 Still in operation
Aqua FM3 & FM4 05/04/2002 06/19/2002 Still in operation
S-NPP FM5 10/28/2011 01/27/2012 Still in operation
J01 FM6 11/18/2017 01/6/2018 Still in operation

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