New approach to estimating solar radiation from satellite imagery.

G. L. Powell, A. J. Brazel, Martin Pasqualetti

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A significantly less expensive but comparatively accurate means of estimating solar radiation from satellite imagery is demonstrated. Opaque cloud cover is visually extracted from nondigitized, photographic forms of GOES satellite imagery and solar radiation is estimated using this information as input into a relatively simple solar model. Daily root mean square, mean absolute and mean bias errors were 13.2, 8.6 and 1.1%, respectively. Maps of the spatial distribution of solar radiation for Arizona are included.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProfessional Geographer
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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