Total Solar Irradiance

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Originator: Lean, Judith L.
Publication_Date: Dec 2009
Title: Total Solar Irradiance
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Publisher: ClimateWatch Magazine
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Online_Linkage: http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/2009/articles/climate-change-incoming-sunlight
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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)
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REFERENCE: 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/HTMLSTART
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Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > PALEOCLIMATE > PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTIONS > SOLAR FORCING/INSOLATION RECONSTRUCTION
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Contact_Organization: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Contact_Person: JUDITH LESLEY LEAN
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Address: Code 7673L
Address: Naval Research Laboratory
City: Washington
State_or_Province: DC
Postal_Code: 20375
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 202-767-5116
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 202-404-7997
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: jlean@ssd5.nrl.navy.mil
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20100216
Metadata_Review_Date: 20121213
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Contact_Person: MICHAEL MORAHAN
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
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Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Address: Code 610.2
City: Greenbelt
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20771
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 301-614-5107
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-614-5304
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Michael.P.Morahan@nasa.gov
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