Example of the Absorbed Shortwave Radiation product (W/m**2) as generated by the GOES-R Absorbed Shortwave Radiation algorithm for Meteosat-8 SEVIRI on 31 July 2008 at 1200 UTC.
Absorbed shortwave radiation (ASR) is an important piece of the Earth’s overall radiation budget. Absorbed shortwave radiation essentially measures the amount of incoming solar radiation that the Earth absorbs. The ASR algorithm uses input from the baseline incoming and reflected solar radiation products, and uses look-up tables (LUTs) to calculate the absorbed radiation at the Earth’s surface. The ASR regulates the redistribution of energy at the surface/atmosphere interface. Information about radiative fluxes at the surface is essential for climate related studies on all time and spatial scales The information provided by the ASR product will provide valuable information that will aid in monitoring changes in the Earth’s radiation budget, and producing more accurate data for climate prediction models.