Short Name:
DSCOVR_NISTAR_L1B

DSCOVR NISTAR L1B Version 2_1

Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) National Institute of Standards & Technology Advanced Radiometer (NISTAR). NISTAR is a 4-band radiometer onboard NOAA’s DSCOVR spacecraft located at the Earth-Sun Lagrange-1 (L-1) point, from which vantage it continuously measures the reflected and emitted radiances of the sunlit face of the Earth. These measurements provide an accurate energy balance measurement that improves our understanding of the Earth’s radiation budget. NISTAR employs three electrical substitution radiometers and a photodiode to measure reflected sunlight and infrared emission from the Earth. NISTAR measures the absolute irradiance integrated over the entire sunlit face of Earth in four broadband channels minute-by-minute. NISTAR has a 1º field of view (FOV) that acts as one large pixel that encompasses the entire sunlit side of the Earth, and a 7º field of regard. The four measurement bands and their uses are: 1) Total Radiation – 0.2 µm to 100 µm: total radiant power in the UV, visible, and infrared wavelengths emerging from Earth. 2) Total Solar Reflected – 0.2 µm to 4 µm: reflected solar radiance in UV, visible, and near infrared wavelengths from Earth. 3) Near Infrared Solar Reflected – 0.7 µm to 4 µm: reflected near infrared solar radiation from Earth. 4) Photodiode – 0.2 µm to 1.1 µm: tracks the stability of the filters, and to verify co-alignment of NISTAR and EPIC. These Level 1B products are the irradiance values computed from Level 1A data collected while the instrument was aimed at the Earth. These data products are in HDF5 format.

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