Measurement and Uncertainty of the Long-Term Total Solar Irradiance Trend
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- Dewitte, S., Crommelynck, D., Mekaoui, S. et al. Sol Phys (2004) 224: 209. doi:10.1007/s11207-005-5698-7
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A possible long-term trend of the total solar irradiance could be a natural cause for climate variations on Earth. Measurement of the total solar irradiance with space radiometers started in 1978. We present a new total solar irradiance composite, with an uncertainty of ± 0.35 W m−2. From the minimum in 1995 to the maximum in 2002 the total solar irradiance increased by 1.6 W m−2. In between the minima of 1987 and 1995 the total solar irradiance increased by 0.15 W m−2.