Radiation measurements in framework of the Surface Radiation Network - BSRN

Updated 2002-01-31

The Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) is a cooperative network of surface radiation budget. Measurement stations operated by various national agencies and universities under the guiding principle set out by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Presently about 15 stations have been established, one of them is Ny-Ålesund. The concept for a Baseline Surface Radiation Network has developed from the needs of both the climate change and satellite validation communities. The aims of the programme are the monitoring of long-term trends in radiation fluxes at the surface and the providing validation data for satellite determinations of the surface radiation budget. The BSRN station Ny-Aalesund was installed in summer 1992 and is regularly operating since August 1992.

Time frame

Project time span
1992 - 2050
Data collection
1992 -
Data processing
1992 -
Data reporting
1992 -

Contact information

Contact person
Andreas Herber
Alfred Wegener Institute, Foundation for Polar and Marine Research Am Handelshafen 12 D-27570 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1489
+49 471 4831 1425
Other project contacts

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Climate change effects
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
UV effects
UV effects

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Norsk Polarinstitutt (NP) Olso/Tromsø, Norwegen WMO – ETH Zürich, Schweiz

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) which is a project of the World Radiation Monitoring Center (WRMC)

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