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Regional variability of solar radiation in cloudy conditions: implications for satellite mapping of solar radiation
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Paper Abstract

There are large errors in satellite estimation of downward surface solar radiation (DSSR) at hourly time scales. This is due to several factors including mismatch in the spatial scale of the satellite vs. point measurements from surface pyranometers; and most importantly, structural variability in cloud properties. The authors examined the temporal and spatial variability of UV-B erythemal irradiance under cloudy stratocumulus conditions in Hobart Australia. Three radiometers were deployed at distances under 5 km. Short-term statistics were analysed and related to estimates from a three-dimensional radiation/cloud model with fractal properties in the horizontal. Results indicate that accuracy in satellite-derived hourly solar radiation may be improved with several satellite scans per hour, ideally every 10 minutes. However ground validation is a problem because an hourly measurement of irradiance in cloudy conditions is not likely to represent well the regional average as estimated from satellite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5235, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.515206
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Manuel Nunez, Univ. of Tasmania (Australia)
Kurt Fienberg, Univ. of Tasmania (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5235:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII
Klaus P. Schaefer; Adolfo Comeron; Michel R. Carleer; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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