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Definition:
Radiation budget refers to the difference between the absorbed solar
radiation and the net infrared radiation. The radiation budget takes into
account the sum of all radiation, transferred in all directions, through
the Earth's atmosphere and to and from space. The radiation budget (or
radiation balance) controls the Earth's temperature and rainfall. 


Reference:
Maunder, W.J. 1994. Dictionary of Global Climate Change, 2nd ed. Chapman and
Hall, NY. Mintzer, I.M., ed. Confronting Climate Change: Risks, Implications,
and Responses. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.