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Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 2379–2397, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2379-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 10, 2379–2397, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2379-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 13 Oct 2016

Research article | 13 Oct 2016

Improving satellite-retrieved surface radiative fluxes in polar regions using a smart sampling approach

Kristof Van Tricht et al.

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Despite the crucial role of polar regions in the global climate system, the limited availability of observations on the ground hampers a detailed understanding of their energy budget. Here we develop a method to use satellites to fill these observational gaps. We show that by sampling satellite observations in a smart way, coverage is greatly enhanced. We conclude that this method might help improve our understanding of the polar energy budget, and ultimately its effects on the global climate.
Despite the crucial role of polar regions in the global climate system, the limited availability...
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