A new look at the Earth's radiation balance from an A-train observational perspective
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The weather and climate of the Earth are driven by interactions of the longwave and shortwave radiation between the Earth's atmosphere and surface. Past studies have tried to derive the Earth radiative budget through the use of models and passive satellite sensors. These past efforts did not have information about the vertical distribution of cloud or aerosols within the atmosphere that significantly influence radiative transfer within the atmosphere. This problem was improved upon with the launch of CloudSat and CALIPSO in 2006. These satellites provide the information on the vertical ...