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Lisa Hannak, Peter Knippertz, Andreas H. Fink, Anke Kniffka, and Gregor Pante

-derived surface solar radiation were considered. Used here are monthly mean data with a horizontal resolution of 0.05° × 0.05°. Surface downwelling shortwave radiation from the Surface Solar Radiation Dataset–Heliosat (SARAH; Müller et al. 2015 ) was derived from the Meteosat Visible and Infrared Imager (MVIRI) and SEVIRI instruments on-board geostationary Meteosats 4–9 covering the period 1983–2008. The derivation is based on a retrieval using the Heliosat approach and an efficient clear-sky surface solar

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Rosalind Cornforth, Douglas J. Parker, Mariane Diop-Kane, Andreas H. Fink, Jean-Philippe Lafore, Arlene Laing, Ernest Afiesimama, Jim Caughey, Aida Diongue-Niang, Abdou Kassimou, Peter Lamb, Benjamin Lamptey, Zilore Mumba, Ifeanyi Nnodu, Jerome Omotosho, Steve Palmer, Patrick Parrish, Leon-Guy Razafindrakoto, Wassila Thiaw, Chris Thorncroft, and Adrian Tompkins

meningitis prediction, are used to illustrate the methods. The next chapter of The Forecasters’ Handbook introduces the reader to all kinds of satellite sensors (chapter 9), which are an inevitable and growing source of information in a ground and upper-air data-sparse region. The lead author also led the COMET online tropical meteorology textbook ( ) development, and this is reflected in a scholarly review on the use of more classical (e.g., visible, infrared, and water vapor images

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Susan Stillman, Xubin Zeng, and Michael G. Bosilovich

would like to acknowledge the archive developers for providing high-quality data that made this work possible. Additionally, we appreciate ECMWF and NASA for providing nicely formatted data for public use. APPENDIX List of Acronyms AIRS Atmospheric Infrared Sounder AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for Earth Observing System AMSU-B Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B ASCAT Advanced Scatterometer AR5 Fifth Assessment Report BGC Biogeochemical CAM5 Community Atmosphere Model, version 5 CAMS

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Peter J. Lamb, Diane H. Portis, and Abraham Zangvil

Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign (CLASIC) conducted over the SGP ( Fig. 1 ) during 7–30 June 2007 by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The primary goal of CLASIC was “to improve understanding of the physics of the early stages of cumulus cloud convection as it relates to land surface conditions, and to translate this new understanding into improved representations in GCMs and regional climate models” ( Miller et al. 2007a , p. 2

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