Enhanced solar global irradiance during cloudy sky conditions.

Schade, Nils, Macke, Andreas, Sandmann, Henner and Stick, C. (2007) Enhanced solar global irradiance during cloudy sky conditions. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 16 (3). pp. 295-303. DOI 10.1127/0941-2948/2007/0206.

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The impact of cloudiness on the shortwave downwelling radiation (SDR) at the surface is investigated by means of collocated pyranometer radiation measurements and all-sky imager observations. The measurements have been performed in Westerland, a seaside resort on the North Sea island of Sylt, Germany, during summer 2004 and 2005. A main improvement to previous studies on this subject resulted from the very high temporal resolution of cloud images and radiation measurements and, therefore, a more robust statistical analysis of the occurrence of this effect. It was possible to observe an excess of solar irradiation compared to clear sky irradiation by more than 500 W/m2, the largest observed excess irradiation to our knowledge so far. Camera images reveal that largest excess radiation is reached close to overcast situations with altocumulus clouds partly obscuring the solar disk, and preferably with cumulus clouds in lower levels. The maximum duration of the enhancements depends on its strength and ranges from 20 seconds (enhancements > 400 W/m2) up to 140 seconds (enhancements > 200 W/m2).

Document Type: Article
Keywords: solar radiations, clouds
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-ME Maritime Meteorology
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1127/0941-2948/2007/0206
ISSN: 0941-2948
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:50
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2018 10:14
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/2993

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