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16 March 1976 Solar Energy Microclimate As Determined From Satellite Observations
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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.
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T. H. Vonder Haar and J. S. Ellis "Solar Energy Microclimate As Determined From Satellite Observations", Proc. SPIE 0068, Optics in Solar Energy Utilization I, (16 March 1976); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.978097
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