Variations in atmosphere-ocean solar absorption under clear skies: a comparison of observations and models

Brian J. Soden, V. Ramaswamy

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Satellite observations of the clear-sky, atmosphere-ocean solar absorption are compared to simulations from a global climate model. Variations in solar absorption are analyzed under conditions of constant solar geometry to highlight spatially coherent features. From this analysis, the observed zonal and interannual variability in clear-sky solar absorption is shown to be substantially larger than that predicted by the model. Explanations for the greater observed variability are considered in terms of aerosols, surface wind effects, and water vapor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2149-2152
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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