Articles | Volume 15
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 31–37, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-15-31-2018
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 31–37, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-15-31-2018

  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 https://doi.org/10.5676/EUM_SAF_CM/CLARA_AVHRR/V002

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 https://doi.org/10.5676/EUM_SAF_CM/CFC_METEOSAT/V001

Surface Radiation Data Set - Heliosat (SARAH) - Edition 2 U. Pfeifroth, S. Kothe, R. Müller, J. Trentmann, R. Hollmann, P. Fuchs, and M. Werscheck https://doi.org/10.5676/EUM_SAF_CM/SARAH/V002

Top of Atmosphere Radiation MVIRI/SEVIRI Data Record M. Urbain, N. Clerbaux, A. Ipe, F. Tornow, R. Hollmann, P. Fuchs, and M. Werscheck https://doi.org/10.5676/EUM_SAF_CM/TOA_MET/V001

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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.