Baseline Surface Radiation Network, World Radiation Monitoring Center
Data Center Description
The Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) is a project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) aimed at detecting important changes in the earth's radiation field which may cause climate changes. At a small number of stations (fewer than 40) in contrasting climatic zones, covering a latitude range from 80N to 90S (see station maps), solar and atmospheric radiation is measured with instruments of the highest available accuracy and at a very high frequency (minutes).
The radiation data are stored together with collocated surface and upper-air observations and station `metadata' in an integrated database at the WRMC. High accuracy BSRN radiation measurements are already used to validate the radiation schemes in climate models and to calibrate satellite algorithms.