Improved the ability to observe, understand, and predict climate and its response to changes in global environment,
is an objective of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Climate and Global Change
Program and several NASA research programs.
Information on Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) is needed to address several climate issues.
An activity to derive PAR from satellite observations was undertaken
at the University of Maryland.
Capabilities were developed to derive
PAR on regional and global scale; to generate climatology of this parameter; to learn about its spatial and temporal variability; to evaluate the satellite estimates against ground truth; to quantify the relationship between PAR and total shortwave radiation; and
to make this information available to the scientific community.
This activity was initially supported by the NOAA Climate and Global
Change Program/Climate Observations, Office of Global Programs, United
States Department of Commerse, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, W. Murray, Program Manager, and continues under support from the NASA
Earth Science and Application Division, Climate Research,
and the Mission to Planet Earth Programs, under the
direction of Drs. R. A. Schiffer
and J. Dodge. The ISCCP data used were obtained from the NASA Langley Research
Center EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Center.
Maintained by Banglin Zhang
and Chuan Li email@example.com