Infrared Parameterization and Simple Climate Models Academic Article uri icon


  • Empirical studies of total outgoing infrared radiation IR and surface temperature T have shown them to be well correlated for large time and space scales. An analysis of one year of Nimbus-6 data shows that the simple form IR = A + BT (with A = 204 W m-2, B = 1.93 W m-2K-1) explains 90% of the area-weighted variance in the annual mean and annual cycle of the zonally averaged IR field. The geographical distribution of the annual cycle in IR shows a large amplitude over the continental interiors, as is found in the observed temperature field. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Short, D. A., North, G. R., Dale Bess, T., & Louis Smith, G.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Short, David A||North, Gerald R||Dale Bess, T||Louis Smith, G

publication date

  • August 1984