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Solar Energy Microclimate As Determined From Satellite Observations
Author(s): T. H. Vonder Haar; J. S. Ellis
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Paper Abstract

A method is presented for determining solar insolation at the earth's surface using satellite broadband visible radiance and cloud imagery data, along with conventional in situ measurements. Conventional measurements are used to both tune satellite measurements and to develop empirical relationships between satellite observations and surface solar insolation. Cloudiness is the primary modulator of sunshine. The satellite measurements as applied in this method consider cloudiness both explicitly and implicitly in determining surface solar insolation at space scales smaller than the conventional pyranometer network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 1976
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0068, Optics in Solar Energy Utilization I, (16 March 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.978097
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T. H. Vonder Haar, Colorado State University (United States)
J. S. Ellis, Colorado State University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0068:
Optics in Solar Energy Utilization I
Yale Katz, Editor(s)

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