Solar radiative output variations



A National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on Solar Radiative Output Variations was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo., November 9–11, 1987. The aims were to review the status of this topic, identify research areas most likely to prove fruitful in the next 5–10 years, and make recommendations on desirable initiatives, particularly in ground-based observations and theory.

Fifty three scientists participated in 2½ days of review and contributed papers, and in the organizational meetings of six working groups. The sessions covered subjects ranging from “what atmospheric and climate physicists need to know about the solar radiative output and its variations,” through direct and proxy observations of EUV, UV, and total irradiance variability of the Sun and similar stars, to the physical interpretation of such variations in the present and distant past.