NASA LaRC Flight Projects Directorate
RBI - Radiation Budget Instrument
Feature: July 23 - 24, 2014
RBI Kickoff Meeting @ LaRC with Partners
On July 23 and 24, more than 40 attendees from NASA and the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University attended a Radiation Budget Instrument kick-off meeting at NASA’s Langley Research Center. They gathered with one common goal — to advance RBI, the climate continuity mission that will improve our understanding of Earth’s Energy Budget, the amount of energy that enters and leaves the Earth’s system.
RBI will measure radiative components, such as light and heat and the observations will be used to calculate other components that transport heat, like conduction, convection and evaporation. RBI observations will also help measure the effect of clouds on the Earth’s energy budget. Regional patterns of increased radiation drive the atmospheric and oceanic circulations. The overall balance of energy determines the climate of the Earth.
Our understanding of these energy flows will continue to evolve as scientists obtain a longer record through RBI. Together, CERES and RBI will provide an unprecedented record of consistent Earth weather and climate observations spanning three decades.
RBI is currently scheduled to launch in 2021 to NOAA’s satellite, JPSS-2.