Articles | Volume 15
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 31–37, 2018
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 31–37, 2018

  18 Apr 2018

18 Apr 2018

Satellite-based trends of solar radiation and cloud parameters in Europe

Uwe Pfeifroth et al.

Data sets

K.-G. Karlsson, K. Anttila, J.Trentmann, M. Stengel, J. Fokke Meirink, A. Devasthale, T. Hanschmann, S. Kothe, E. Jääskeläinen, J. Sedlar, N. Benas, G.-J. van Zadelhoff, C. Schlundt, and D. Stein CLARA-A2: CM SAF cLoud, Albedo and surface RAdiation dataset from AVHRR data - Edition 2

CM SAF ClOud Fractional Cover dataset from METeosat First and Second Generation - Edition 1 (COMET Ed. 1) R. Stöckli, A. Duguay–Tetzlaff, J. Bojanowski, R. Hollmann, P. Fuchs, and M. Werscheck

Surface Radiation Data Set - Heliosat (SARAH) - Edition 2 U. Pfeifroth, S. Kothe, R. Müller, J. Trentmann, R. Hollmann, P. Fuchs, and M. Werscheck

Top of Atmosphere Radiation MVIRI/SEVIRI Data Record M. Urbain, N. Clerbaux, A. Ipe, F. Tornow, R. Hollmann, P. Fuchs, and M. Werscheck

Short summary
Measuring solar radiation and analysing its interaction with clouds are essential for the understanding of the climate system. Trends in EUMETSAT CM SAF satellite-based climate data records of solar radiation and clouds are analysed during 1992–2015 in Europe. More surface solar radiation and less top-of-atmosphere reflected radiation and cloud cover is found. This study indicates that one of the main reasons for the positive trend in surface solar radiation is a decrease in cloud cover.