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Obs4MIPs: Monthly-mean diurnal cycle of top of atmosphere outgoing shortwave radiation from the GERB instrument (GERB-HR-ED01 rsut 1hrCM)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2020-09-17
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2021-03-09
DOI Publication Date: 2021-04-29
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 6 Files | 427MB


This dataset contains top of atmosphere (TOA) outgoing shortwave radiation from the Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) instrument on board the Meteosat-9 geostationary satellite, for the period from May 2007 until 2012. In this dataset (labelled 'GERB-HR-ED01 rsut 1hrCM'), the data provided consist of monthly-mean diurnal cycles, with each day resolved into 1-hour means. Data are only available for six months of each year (January, May, June, July, November and December), due to operational constraints of the GERB instrument.

It has been produced in Obs4MIPs (Observations for Model Intercomparisons Project) format, as part of an activity to increase the use of GERB satellite observational data for the modelling and model analysis communities. This is not currently a standard GERB satellite instrument product, but does represent an effort on behalf of the GERB project team to identify a product that is appropriate for routine model evaluation. The data may have been reprocessed, reformatted, or created solely for comparisons with climate model output.

Citable as:  Bantges, R.J.; Russell, J.E.; Brindley, H.E. (2021): Obs4MIPs: Monthly-mean diurnal cycle of top of atmosphere outgoing shortwave radiation from the GERB instrument (GERB-HR-ED01 rsut 1hrCM). Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 29 April 2021. doi:10.5285/4fa633d24d104217a4c9d3fb3589f35d.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Obs4MIPS, GERB, TOA outgoing shortwave radiation


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Access rules:
Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data were produced by the project team and supplied for archiving at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA).

Data Quality:
For information on the data quality see the associated technical note
File Format:
Data are in NetCDF format

Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Mobile platform operations

Mobile Platform Operation 1 Mobile Platform Operation for: Meteosat Second Generation 2 (MSG-2) or METEOSAT-9

Computation Element: 1

Title Processing chain for the GERB-HR-ED01 rsut 1hrCM Obs4MIPS product
Abstract The GERB TOA reflected shortwave radiation (RSW) Obs4MIPs product has been generated from GERB level 2 HR RSW fluxes. There are four main stages. The first is to take the Edition 1 GERB HR SW flux data with the user corrections applied and generate an albedo using knowledge of the incoming SW flux for each location and time. The albedo is then area weighted to create a 1° by 1° spatial resolution albedo for every 15 minute time interval. These data are then averaged over time to produce an hourly averaged albedo product for each day and converted back to TOA SW flux by multiplying the albedo by the incoming solar flux at the midpoint of the hour. Finally a monthly mean for each hourly time step is calculated. The number of data points (days per monthly hourly average) contributing to each monthly hourly mean are retained and are used to estimate the uncertainties associated with the product. For more detailed information please see: Bantges, R., Russell, J., & Brindley, H. (2021). GERB-HR-ED01 Top of atmosphere shortwave radiation monthly mean diurnal cycle product description. Zenodo.
Input Description None
Output Description None
Software Reference None
Output Description


  • var_id: rsut
  • units: W m-2
  • standard_name: toa_outgoing_shortwave_flux
  • long_name: TOA Outgoing Shortwave Radiation
  • names: toa_outgoing_shortwave_flux, TOA Outgoing Shortwave Radiation
  • var_id: climatology_bnds
  • var_id: lat_bnds
  • var_id: lon_bnds

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: lat
  • long_name: Latitude
  • names: latitude, Latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: lon
  • long_name: Longitude
  • names: longitude, Longitude
  • long_name: time
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • names: time
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