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Arking and Levine 1967

Arking, A., and J.S. Levine, 1967: Earth albedo measurements: July 1963 to June 1964. J. Atmos. Sci., 24, no. 6, 721-724, doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1967)024<0722:EAMJTJ>2.0.CO;2.

The geographic distribution of incoming solar radiation has been determined from an analysis of the TIROS VII visible channel data for the period 1 July 1963 to 30 June 1964. The raw data, described in the TIROS VII Radiation Data Catalog (Staff Members, 1964), consist of measurements of the intensity of solar radiation scattered from the Earth-atmosphere system as received by a 5-channel "medium resolution" scanning radiometer at an altitude ranging from 620 to 650 km. The field of view of the radiometer is approximately a cone with half-angle 3°. The effective spectral response of the radiometer channel used in this analysis is from 0.55 to 0.75 IJ. The geographic region covered by the measurements, called the "quasi-globe," encompasses approximately 85% of the Earth's surface; excluded are the polar regions beyond 60° latitude in each hemisphere and two small areas, one around the southern tip of South America and the other over Siberia, amounting to 1% of the Earth's surface.

This study differs from previously reported work (Bandeen et al. 1965; Rasool and Prabhakara, 1966' Winston, 1967) in that the dependence of the measured intensity on the solar zenith angle ξ, the satellite zenith angle θ, and the relative azimuth angle between sun and satellite ψ is taken into account in reducing the measurements. The method used is the same as that applied to the TIROS IV radiation data previously reported and is summarized as follows.

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  author={Arking, A. and Levine, J. S.},
  title={Earth albedo measurements: July 1963 to June 1964},
  journal={Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences},

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ID  - ar08000d
AU  - Arking, A.
AU  - Levine, J. S.
PY  - 1967
TI  - Earth albedo measurements: July 1963 to June 1964
JA  - J. Atmos. Sci.
JO  - Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
VL  - 24
IS  - 6
SP  - 721
EP  - 724
DO  - 10.1175/1520-0469(1967)024%3C0722%3AEAMJTJ%3E2.0.CO;2
ER  -

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