PATHFINDER High Resolution
Surface Radiative Fluxes

Department of Meteorology
University of Maryland, College Park

Department of Meterology


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Known Problems

It was demonstrated that for cells where a denser network of ground observing stations was available, the RMS error was drastically reduced (Whitlock et al., 1993; Pinker et al., 1994; Rossow, private communication; Laszlo, 1996 (Figure 9)). The quality of the ground observations is not of a uniform nature. The used data have been quality controlled under the Global Energy Budget Archive (GEBA) activity, and it is believed that major errors have been removed.

The distribution of the satellite observations that enter into the computation of the surface fluxes is not uniform, as evident from Figure 10. This will have an impact on the magnitude of the error, when compared to ground truth.

Maintained by Banglin Zhang and Chuan Li