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NOAA Climate Services: Total Solar Irradiance 1610 to 2009Entry ID: NOAA_CS_TotalSolarIrradiance1610-2009
Abstract: This graph shows the amount of sunlight entering the top of
Earth’s atmosphere from 1610 to 2010. Scientists call this quantity
“total solar irradiance,” given here in watts per square meter (W/m2).
Space-based measurements, begun in 1978, indicate Earth receives an
average of 1,361 W/m2 of incoming sunlight, an amount that has varied in
the recent past by about 1 W/m2 (or one-tenth of one ... percent) on roughly
11-year cycles. Fortunately, incoming sunlight is fairly stable, and
while it has increased slightly over the last century, these changes
account for only a small fraction of the warming our world experienced
in that span. Scientists rely upon sunspot records to estimate solar
irradiance values before 1978.
(Data courtesy of Greg Kopp, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space
Physics, University of Colorado; and Judith Lean, Space Science
Division, Naval Research Laboratory.
Graph courtesy of NOAA's ClimateWatch Magazine)
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Lean, Judith L.
Dataset Title: Total Solar Irradiance
Dataset Release Date: Dec 2009
Dataset Publisher: ClimateWatch MagazineOnline Resource: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/2009/articles/climate-change-incom...
Start Date: 1610-01-01Stop Date: 2009-12-01
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: Michael.P.Morahan at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Lean, Judith L. 2010. Cycles and trends in solar irradiance and climate. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. Vol 1, Issue 1. pp 111-122. Dec 22, 2009. doi:10.1002/wcc.018. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123222295/HTMLS...
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-02-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-13