CERES Shortwave Radiation over North America

CERES Shortwave Radiation over North America
  • Credit:

    CERES Instrument Team, NASA Langley Research Center,

The CERES, or Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System, instrument measures reflected sunlight. In this image, the dark and unreflective ocean is colored blue, while the more reflective land is colored green to grey. Clouds are very reflective. We see them standing out from the dark ocean.

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  • Data Date:

    April 18, 2000
  • Visualization Date:

    April 18, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - CERES


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