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Raw and Processed Radiance Data (RAT and PAT) on Optical Disk From Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, NOAA-9, and NOAA-10 ERBE
Entry ID: ERBE_RAT_AND_PAT

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Summary
Abstract: The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) on board the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS), NOAA-9, and NOAA-10 satellites consists of two instrument packages: a scanning radiometer with three narrow-field-of-view (NFOV) sensors (0.2-5, 5-200, and 0.2-200 microns) and a nonscanning cavity radiometer which includes two fixed wide FOV sensors that view the entire disk of the Earth, two fixed medium FOV sensors limiting the view to 1000 km in diameter, and a fixed solar monitor.

These missions had a design requirement of one year and a goal of two years. The ERBS spacecraft was placed in orbit in October 1984, and the instruments began operating November 1984. The NOAA-9 spacecraft was launched in December 1984, and the instruments began operating February 1985. NOAA-10 was placed in orbit in September 1986 and began operating in October 1986. The ERBE scanning radiometers operated until February 1990 on ERBS, until January 20 1987 on NOAA-9, and until May 1989 on NOAA-10.

The Raw Archival Tape data set (RAT, S-1) contains raw radiometric counts for all the sensors. It also contains telemetry, ephemeris, attitude, and other housekeeping data. The Processed Archival Tape data set (PAT, S-8) contains the scanner and nonscanner radiometric measurements in engineering units, i.e., total, shortwave, and longwave (scanner only) radiances. It also contains scanner unfiltered measurements, the scene identified for each scanner pixel, estimates of the radiant exitance at the top of the atmosphere (30 km) and estimates of the radiant exitance from nonscanner instruments.

Each RAT or PAT tape image contains one day's worth of data per spacecraft. The PAT is only produced for days that the scanner is operational. Tapes images are grouped by month and spacecraft and are available on 12-inch WORM optical disks that were created on Optimum drives in an Adquidneck system. The optical disk of the month also contains the combined satellite monthly products: time-space averages (S-4), Scanner Earth Radiant Exitance and Albedo (S-9) and Nonscanner Earth Radiant Exitance and Albedo (S-10). A monthly product summary is produced for the RAT and PAT data, which includes an explanation of the data coverage for the month.

Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1984-11-04


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >ALBEDO    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >ATMOSPHERIC EMITTED RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >REFLECTANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SHORTWAVE RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR IRRADIANCE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >INFRARED FLUX    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >INFRARED RADIANCE    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >INFRARED WAVELENGTHS >SENSOR COUNTS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >ATTITUDE CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >PLATFORM CHARACTERISTICS >ORBITAL CHARACTERISTICS    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS >VISIBLE FLUX    [Definition]
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING >VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS >VISIBLE RADIANCE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER


Platform
ERBS >Earth Radiation Budget Satellite    [Information]
NOAA-10 >National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-10    [Information]
NOAA-9 >National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-9    [Information]


Instrument
ERBE >Earth Radiation Budget Experiment    [Information]


Project
EOSDIS >Earth Observing System Data Information System    [Information]
ERBE >Earth Radiation Budget Experiment    [Information]
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Keywords
EARTH
EOSDIS
IDN_NODE GSFC/LARC
LONGWAVE RADIANCES
PAT
PROCESSED ARCHIVAL TAPE
RADIANCES
RAT
RAW ARCHIVAL TAPE
SHORTWAVE RADIANCES
SOLAR
TOTAL RADIANCES


Originating Center
LARC


Data Center
Atmospheric Science Data Center, Science Directorate, Langley Research Center, NASA    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/
Dataset ID: ERBE-S1 RAT
Dataset ID: ERBE-S8 PAT

Data Center Personnel
Name: ASDC USER SERVICES
Phone: 757-864-8656
Email: support-asdc at earthdata.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center
User and Data Services
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 157D
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


Personnel
BRUCE, DR. R. BARKSTROM
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: (757) 864-5676
Fax: (757) 864-7996
Email: b.r.barkstrom at larc.nasa.gov
Contact Address:
Atmospheric Sciences Research, Building 1250
Mail Stop 420
21 Langley Boulevard
NASA Langley Research Center
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


TAKMENG WONG
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: takmeng.wong at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Langley Reseach Center
City: Hampton
Province or State: VA
Postal Code: 23681-2199
Country: USA


Publications/References
Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Data Management System
Raw Archival Tape S-1 Users' Guide, NASA/LaRC, Hampton,
Virginia, 1985.

Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Data Management System
Processed Archival Tape S-8 Users' Guide, NASA/LaRC, Hampton,
Virginia, 1987.

Barkstrom, B. R. and G.L. Smith, 1986: The Earth Radiation Budget
Experiment: Science and Implementation, Reviews of Geophysics,24,
379-390

Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) Data Management System
Solar Incidence Tape S-2 Users' Guide, NASA/LaRC, Hampton,
Virginia, 1985.

ERBE Science Team, First Data From the Earth Radiation Budget
Experiment (ERBE), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 67:818-824, 1986.

Hunt, G., ed., Special Section: Earth Radiation Budget
Experiment (ERBE), Rev. of Geophys. 24:350-468, 1986.

Lee,III, R.B., B.R. Barkstrom, and R.D. Cess, Characteristics of
the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment Solar Monitors, Appl. Opt.
26:3090-3096, 1987.

Kopia, L.; 1986: The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment scanning
instrument, Reviews of Geophysics,24, 400-406

Luther, M.R.; J.E. Cooper; and G.R. Taylor, 1986: The Earth Radiation
Budget Experiment nonscanning instrument, Reviews of Geophysics,24
391-399

Rutan, D. and G. L. Smith, 1991: Shortwave wide field-of-view results
from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment, Proc. Seventh Symp. on Met.
Obs. & Instr., Amer.Met. Soc., New Orleans,La.

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-14

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