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CERES EBAF Net Balancing

EBAF Net Balance

Comparison of ERBElike, SSF1deg, SYN1deg, and EBAF fluxes

TOA fluxes (W/m2)
Incoming Solar341.3341.3341.3340.0

CERES Net flux uncertainty analysis

Net flux sensitivity (αi), standard deviation of error (σi), maximum likelihood error (xi), and error effect on net TOA flux.
Parameter Net TOA Flux
sensitivity, αi (W/m2/%)
2σ uncertainty, δi (%) Maximum Likelihood
solution, xi (%)
TOA Flux
adjustment (W/m2)
SW gain-0.9772.01.61.57
LW gain-2.371.00.9722.3
Unfiltered SW-0.9770.50.1050.1
Unfiltered LW(N)-
Unfiltered LW(D)-1.190.380.070.08
SW radiance to flux-0.9770.200.0170.02
LW radiance to flux-2.370.130.0160.04
Time-averaging SW-0.9770.300.0380.04
Time-averaging LW-2.370.130.0160.04
Reference Level, SW-0.9770.100.0040.00
Reference Level, LW-2.370.080.0070.02
Incoming Solar3.400.06-0.005-0.02
Total SW   1.7
Total LW   2.5
Total Net   -4.2
  • Note the SW and LW gains or instrument absolute calibration have the highest uncertainty and largest corresponding TOA flux adjustment

CERES Earth's Radiation Budget

Image: EBAF Energy Balance, balanced Image: EBAF Energy Balance, Positive Imbalance Image: EBAF Energy Balance, Negative Imbalance
  • For the Earth to remain in balance the energy coming into and leaving the Earth must equal.
  • The CERES absolute instrument calibration currently does not have zero net balance and must be adjusted to balance the Earth's energy budget.
  • After the EBAF adjustment the CERES fluxes may be used in climate models for climate model evaluation, estimating the Earth's global mean energy budget and to infer meridional heat transport.

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