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Keywords:

  • geostationary satellite;
  • outgoing longwave radiation;
  • shortwave radiation

[1] This paper presents the development of a methodology to estimate the net surface shortwave radiation (SWR) over tropical oceans using half-hourly geostationary satellite estimates of outgoing longwave radiation (OLR). The collocated data set of SWR measured at 13 buoy locations over the Indian Ocean and a Meteosat-derived OLR for the period of 2002–2009 have been used to derive an empirical relationship. The information from the solar zenith angle that determines the amount of solar radiation received at a particular location is used to normalize the SWR to nadir observation in order to make the empirical relationship location independent. As the relationship between SWR and OLR is valid mostly over the warm-pool regions, the present study restricts SWR estimation in the tropical Indian Ocean domain (30°E–110°E, 30°S–30°N). The SWR estimates are validated with an independent collocated data set and subsequently compared with the SWR estimates from the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment-Surface Radiation Budget V3.0 (GEWEX-SRB), International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project-Flux Data (ISCCP-FD), and National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reanalysis for the year 2007. The present algorithm provides significantly better accuracy of SWR estimates, with a root-mean-square error of 27.3 W m−2 as compared with the values of 32.7, 37.5, and 59.6 W m−2 obtained from GEWEX-SRB, ISCCP-FD, and NCEP, respectively. The present algorithm also provides consistently better SWR compared with other available products under different sky conditions and seasons over Indian Ocean warm-pool regions.