University of Maryland


Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

  Towards the Development of Global Scale Transferability of Inference Schemes for Radiative Forcing Functions under the CEOP Initiative

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 
University of Maryland, College Park 

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science






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The Coordinated Energy and Water Cycle Observations Project

The Coordinated Energy and Water Cycle Observations Project (CEOP) is a merger of the previous World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Global Energy and Water-cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Hydrometeorology Panel (GHP) and the 'Coordinated Enhanced Observing Period' ('CEOP'), which was an element of WCRP initiated by GEWEX. Among the key objectives of CEOP are: production of consistent research quality data of the Earth's energy budget and water cycle and their variability on interannual to decadal time scales, for use in climate system analysis and model development and evaluation; and improve the predictive capability for key water and energy cycle variables. The objective of the current project is to develop capabilities to derive atmospheric radiative fluxes for selected CEOP regions as a step towards capabilities to test hydrological model transferability. Addressed will be issues related to differences in the satellite observing systems, issues related to the uniqueness of the various climatic regions, and incorporated will be model improvements and updated auxiliary information.

During the 'CEOP' period (2001 - 2004) obtained were relevant support in-situ data from 35 selected "reference" stations. These are being augmented during CEOP (2007-2011) as shown in figure below. For details visit:

Global distribution of CEOP 52 Reference Sites.


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