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Accurate time series on available solar radiation at ground level and its diffuse component are required worldwide for industrial, as well as for scientific, purposes. However, the sparse sampling of the worldwide distribution of ground-based measurements does not meet the requirements of the different user groups. Thus, as a part of the Non-nuclear Energy and Development programme of the CEC, the SUNSAT project was initiated to calculate the global radiation and its diffuse component, as well as to handle the statistics from the METEOSAT B2-ISCCP satellite data set. These observations cover the continents of Africa and Europe, the Middle East and wide regions of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Within this atlas, results for the time period (1985-6) are presented as coloured images with a spatial resolution of 0.5 x 0.5 and in the form of tables. The tables contain averages over areas of 2.5 x 2.5 longitude and latitude. To ensure the accuracy of these retrieved solar radiation fields at ground level, a comparison with all available ground based pyranometer measurements was made. The results of the surface measurements and the satellite estimates presented in this atlas coincide well.

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Authors: RASCHKE E, GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Geesthacht (DE);STUHLMANN R, GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Geesthacht (DE);PALZ W, CEC Bruxelles (BE);STEEMERS T C, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13129 EN (1991) 155 pp.
Availability: A.A. Balkema, P.O. Box 1675, 3000 BR Rotterdam (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 90-5410-109-1
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