A pilot study has led to the establishment of a preliminary predictive relationship for cloud amount as a function of satellite observed system albedo. The US Air Force 3D-nephanalysis cloud archive is used as the source of cloud data and is compared with monthly mean system albedo values calculated by NOAA/NESS from the NOAA satellite scanning radiometer data at a resolution of 2.5o by 2.5o. The predictive relationship is applied to ocean areas to produce new global oceanic cloud climatologies.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Geophysical Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1983|