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Models evaluation

The ordinary and residual kriging models were obtained based on the training dataset. After that, the validation dataset were used to evaluate these models. Particularly, model estimates were evaluates in terms of the ME, MAE, RMSE and the correlation coefficient.

Reference values for ground reflectivity

In order to calculate the ground reflectivity pg, in an iterative procedure values larger than the mean value of the distribution plus ag are filtered out, until convergence is achieved. The mean value of the new distribution is assigned to pg.

In the original Heliosat method a constant value ag was used, ag = 27 is a suitable value for MSG. But an approach that accounts for the dependency of ag on the sun-satellite geometry leads to even better results. The bias of the clear sky irradiance is used as a measure to quantify the influence of ag. For clear sky situations, the quality of the ground reflectivity can be evaluated directly and there is little super imposition with other effects. If ag is chosen too small, the corresponding values of the ground reflectivity will be too small as well. This results in an underestimation of the irradiance. On the other hand, if CTg is too high, an overestimation of the irradiance is the consequence. Best results were found for 15<=CTg<= 50 for different classes of solar and satellite zenith angles and the azimuth angle between sun and satellite.

Parameters influencing SSI

Clouds regularly cover about 50 % of the earth and represent the most important modulators of radiation in the earth-atmosphere system (Liou 1976). A cloud in libRadtran is characterized by its optical thickness (tc), type (cloud water or ice cloud), height of cloud top (ztop) and bottom (zbot) and the effective radius (ref) particles.

Many radiative transfer codes contain the same six atmospheric profiles corresponding to geographical and seasonal averages (Mayer, Kylling 2005; Vermote et al. 1997): Midlatitude Summer (afglms), Midlatitude Winter (afglmw), Subarctic Summer (afglss), Subarctic Winter (afglsw), Tropical (afglt) and U. S. Standard (afglus). “afgl” means Air Force Geophysics Laboratory.

The gas whose variation have a major influence on the SSI are water vapour (H2O), ozone (O3), carbon dioxide (CO2), oxygen (O2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) (Vermote et al. 1997).

The attenuation of radiation by aerosols varies with its nature, density and size distribution. Following Shettle (1989), required parameters in libRadtran are: aerosol type from 0 km to 2 km altitude (haze), aerosol type above 2 km altitude (vulcan), season, and visibility (vis). The visibility is closely linked to the aerosol optical thickness (iaer) (Vermote et al. 1997). Taer represents the total extinction induced by aerosols of the medium for a given wavelength. It is sensitive to micro-physical properties of aerosols. Because these properties are difficult to assess accurately, the spectral variation of the aerosol optical thickness is usually calculated using a simplified method:

Taer A = в (Я/ Ям/" (1)

where AM = 1000 nm, в is the aerosol optical thickness at the wavelength 1000 nm and a is the Angstrom coefficient (Perrin de Brichambaut and Vauge, 1982).

When radiation reaches the earth’s surface, it can be absorbed or reflected. The intensity of the reflected radiation varies with the value of the incident radiation and the reflectance of the receiving surface. The ground reflectance is the function of the illuminating and emitting angles; the albedo is its hemispherical average. Both change with soil type and wavelength. A portion of this reflected radiation is then backscattered by the atmosphere and increases the value of the diffuse component of the SSI.

Unifying Access

The second major objective of the MESoR project is to unify and ease access to solar resource information. This builds upon experiences made within the SoDa portal, adopting mapping features from PVGIS web system. SoDa was build with proprietary software and communication protocols. As the World Wide Web evolved over recent years, the new MESoR portal builds upon open source software with a larger development community and standard web services. This will make the new portal more sustainable in terms of software development and the connection to the portal more easy and open as only widely accepted standards have to be followed.

The portal will serve as a broker to solar resource information and services. It does not contain and maintain data for itself. It just links data bases and services with a single point of entry and a common user interface. Databases and services have to be hosted by the providers. They keep control over their data and applications.

Metadata are essential to exchange knowledge between applications. They describe objects to be exchanged (e. g. a time series of irradiance, a geographical location, a date…). After a series of consultations with several bodies involved in standards, such as ISO, GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems), INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) and national meteorological offices, a thesaurus has been defined which is specific to solar resource. A thesaurus is a set of terms that describe the solar resource.

A prototype of the broker will be set up during the project. A new user interface has been designed. It utilises the API (application programming interface) of Google Maps. Users can therefore use the full capabilities (geographical search, maps and images) of Google to identify their sites and select the right locations or regions. As this interface is easy to use and applied already in many other applications it the user feels familiar with it. The front page of a service gives the site selection window and some descriptive information of the service, as a general description, property rights and credits, inputs and outputs descriptions. The results can be written to the browser window or saved in a specific format (e. g. spreadsheet-compatible). The available data bases can be selected by the menu on top of the page. Fig. 2 shows two sample screenshots of the current prototype (see http://project. mesor. net).


The project MESoR together with the IEA Task 36 “Solar Resource Knowledge Management” aim at developing better guidance about the energy application of solar resource information. The benchmarking exercise will ease the comparison of different data sources and the standardised rules will make accuracy evaluations more transparent and comparable. The guide will help users in the choice of data sources and how to use the data for their specific needs.

The new broker portal aims to ease the access to solar resource data and online applications by serving as single point of entry to a variety of data sources all with a similar look and feel and common data formats. More information about the project can be found at http://www. mesor. net.


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WRF Analysis Results

The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) system was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The current release is Version 2.2. The WRF modelling system software is in the public domain and is freely available for community use. The WRF is designed to be a flexible, state-of-the-art atmospheric simulation system that is portable and efficient on available parallel computing platforms. The WRF is suitable for use in a broad range of applications across scales ranging from meters to thousands of kilometres, including:

• Real-time NWP

• Forecast research

• Parameterization research

• Coupled-model applications

• Teaching

The WRF model is run over Europe with 3 nesting levels and using NCEP boundary conditions data. The variable validated is global solar radiation which is a direct output from WRF model. The period of data studied is the year 2005. The spatial resolution of the domain over Spain is 27km.

WRF model has been executed in analysis mode for the domain of the whole Europe with special resolution of 27km approximately and hourly temporal resolution. Three nested domain where used and the model was fed with data from NCEP global model. The period of simulation goes from 1/1/2005 to 28/2/2005.

The validation is done comparing with ground measurements from 40 stations from AEMet and variable direct output downward global solar radiation of WRF model. Normalized results of MBD and RMSD for hourly and daily resolution are presented in Fig. 6-4. The graphic shows all the stations ordered from lower latitude to higher latitude. Stations with lower latitude present a predominance of clear sky situations which results in small errors.

MBE Hourly Solar Radiation Forecasting



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36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44


Подпись: RMSE Hourly Solar Radiation Forecasting 0 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Latitude

Fig. 6. Normalized MBD for hourly global solar radiation

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MBE Daily Solar Radiation Forecasting


36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44


Fig. 8. Normaliazed MBd for daily global solar radiation

RMSE Daily Solar Radiation Forecasting




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Overall the model is able to reproduce clear sky synoptic conditions. Errors are presents mainly in situations where fronts and huge cloud movements need to be reproduced. Fig. 10-13 presents a synoptic situation from the date 22/2/2005. Fig. 10. is the measurements from the satellite which represents the real situation. Fig. 12 is an instantaneous map of the global irradiance modelled. We can see as the model is missing a lot of small clouds. Fig. 11 and 12 represents measured and WRF modelled hourly global irradiance for two stations, Granada in the South of Spain and Oviedo in the north. In this date the model is getting a contradictory prediction with measurements. In Granada (lower middle part of Fig. 10.) the model is getting an overcast situation in the firs half of the day and clearsky in the other half, although measurements are the other way. In Oviedo (higher middle part of Fig. 10.) it is clearly an overcast situation and the WRF model predicts a clear sky situation.

2. Conclusion

WRF model has been validated for a whole year over Spain. The comparison has been done with ground solar global radiation measurements. Errors are from 30-98% in terms of RMSD for hourly global radiation and from 23-89% in terms of RMSD for daily global radiation. Different synoptic situations have been studied and the WRF model fed with NCEP data is not reproducing them quite well, however ECMWF model reproduce them in a much nicer way. Using ECMWF data as boundary conditions and testing other cloud parameterizations could improve results from WRF model in the future.


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Young have developed a good, practical formula which is well suited for use with small solar elevation angles [8]

. _ ms ga а gtnv-i (2)

_ з tк* V 4 sin^V-t (S. ffiLGS 9&a ri tT V 4 GJGGCaca?

This equation approaches the simple expression 1/sin V asymptotically for angles greater than 250. (The reader may wish to try using the angle V = 900 in the Kasten-Young equation. Note that L = 1 with the sun directly overhead.

2.4 Enhanced global irradiance model

One would expect the diffuse contribution IF to the global irradiance to increase with increasing atmo­spheric turbidity (increasing values of a) and that these two quantities are related to one another and to the solar elevation angle. This connection has been examined in earlier work, and the graphical result is shown in Figure 3. The Linke turbidity factor TL enters the analysis in the term for the direct irradiance and is equal to unity for a pure Rayleigh atmosphere (no aerosols — only molecular scattering). The term aL is in this formulation replaced by:

a1 = «ф [-0.B662 ■ Тя ■ L ■ (3)

where Dr(L) is the Rayleigh optical depth as a function of the air mass L. A very useful empirical equation for 1/Dr has been developed by Louche, Peri and Iqbal and modified by Fritz Kasten [8]:

Подпись: Figure 3: The observed diffuse irradiance on a horizontal surface depends upon the value of the Linke turbidity factor TL and the solar elevation angle.

-7T = 6J&296+ 1.7 515 ■ L — 0.12Є2 ■ — (ШВ65 ■ £a — 0JD0Q13 ■ L4 <4)

The data of Figure 3 has been used to find an expression for the diffuse irradiance on a horizontal surface IF as a function of the elevation angle V and the turbidity factor TL:

£r = (4ВД4 ■ Г, — Ш2)- (1-ехр[аі — Г, — 0.P905- Y]’) (5)

2.5 Equation for finding TL from observations

In view of the foregoing remarks it is now possible to write an algorithm for the determination of the Linke turbidity factor from observations of the global solar irradiance on a horizontal surface and with knowledge of the solar elevation angle. The elevation angle is readily computed when the latitude, longitude and time of day are known.

tc = 2» ■ Щ — sinF ■ дС-азьи-*!. — l-вд + (4^4,^ _ 4^33) ■ (1 — (6)

IG is the global irradiance measured, and V can be found from the time and position data. Knowledge of V yields the air mass L which in turn permits the optical depth DR to be determined. The only unknown parameter in the equation is the Linke turbidity factor TL which can then be calculated. This program has been carried out for clear days at a wide range of locations during the voyage from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

2.6 Results


For all of the good, clear days during the eight month expedition the Linke turbidity factor was computed using the algorithm described above. For these same days the mid day temperature and relative humidity were obtained by examination of the Galathea III database. From the temperature and humidity data it is straightforward to compute the amount of water present in a cubic meter of surface air. These calculations were performed with the data shown in Figure 4 as the result. The regression shows that a moisture content close to zero should yield a Linke turbidity factor near unity as expected. The value 1,19 may reflect the fact that some aerosols will typically be present in the maritime environments from which data is available in addition to water vapor.

This analysis permits the estimation of the Linke turbidity factor in maritime environments based upon knowledge of the temperature and relative humidity. Compute the water content of a cubic meter of surface air, and apply the equation shown in Figure 4 to find TL. With TL in hand a good prediction of the global irradiance on the horizontal on a clear day, including the distribution of direct and diffuse irradiance, can be made using Equation 6. As local temperature and relative humidity are standard meteorological parameters, no special equipment or data is needed to do the calculations. Visibility conditions are also derivable from knowledge of the turbidity factor as discussed elsewhere [7]. This method does not take account of other aerosol which may be present, but it can be applied in typical maritime conditions without a modest amount of dry atmospheric aerosol particles.


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Materials and Methods

The meteorological and climatic features of Galicia are monitored by a network made up by 93 weather stations, located all over the region covering the usual meteorological parameters. Ten — minute averaged data were collected for both monitoring and climatic studies. The network is managed by MeteoGalicia, the Galician weather service (www. meteogalicia. es). Currently, 25 stations provide the solar radiation measurements with Ph Schenk first class pyranometers (Philipp Schenk GmbH Wien & Co KG, Wien, Austria) and Kipp & Zonen sunshine duration sensors (Kipp & Zonen, Delft, The Netherlands) located in the most representative sites of Galicia. Moreover, 40 silicon cell sensor pyranometres (Skye Instruments LTD, UK), are installed in as many stations. These sensors are periodically cleaned and calibrated by specialized crew, following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Data are collected by dataloggers, sent to a central data server and stored in a database specifically designed for environmental data sets. Here, several filters are applied to ensure the data quality [10, 11].


Fig. 1: Names and locations of the meteorological stations considered in this work, and location of the two pyranometers (at A Coruna and Vigo) used by Vazquez et al. [7].

As a part of the Solar Radiation subject’s programme, each student was required to choose one station between the 65 equipped with pyranometers and to analyse data between September 2006 and August 2007. The main features of these stations are listed on Table 1.

Data proceeding from every selected meteorological station have been processed to obtain monthly-averaged daily values of global irradiation, sunshine duration and clearness index. Measurements of precipitation, temperature and relative humidity have also been processed in order to complete the dataset for analysis.

Table 1: Main features of the meteorological stations applied in the analysis.





Altitude (m)




CIS Ferrol

43.49° N




Suburban, Coastal




42.82° N




Rural, Inland

N. A.


Rio do Sol

43.1° N




Rural, Inland



Marco Curra

43.34° N




Rural, Inland



EOAS Santiago

42.87° N




Urban, Inland




43.13° N




Rural, Inland



Serra Faladoira

43.59° N




Rural, Coastal




42.97° N




Rural, Inland




43.34° N




Rural, Coastal




42.6° N




Rural, Inland




43.56° N




Rural, Inland



Penedo Galo

43.66° N




Rural, Coastal




43.65° N




Rural, Coastal




42.82° N




Rural, Inland




42.65° N




Rural, Inland



Pedro Murias

43.54° N




Rural, Coastal




42.75° N




Rural, Inland




41.81° N




Rural, Inland




42.22° N




Rural, Coastal




42.23° N




Rural, Inland




42.56° N




Rural, Coastal




42.58° N




Rural, Coastal




42.63° N




Rural, Inland



Monte Aloia

42.08° N




Rural, Inland




42.41° N







Urban, Coastal



Castro Vicaludo

42° N




Rural, Coastal



Serra do Faro

42.58° N




Rural, Inland




42.47° N




Rural, Inland

N. A.



41.95° N




Rural, Inland




42.35° N




Urban, Inland




42.12° N




Rural, Inland



Monte Medo

42.23° N




Rural, Inland




42.42° N




Rural, Inland

N. A.



41.9° N




Rural, Inland


Finally, monthly and yearly values of global solar irradiation measured in the meteorological stations have been compared with the results obtained by Vazquez et al. [7].

The clearness index, KT, has been evaluated by the ratio G/G0, where G is the ground measured irradiation and G0 is the extraterrestrial irradiation. For this purpose, a solar constant value of

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1376 Wm-2 was adopted, as recommended by Davies [12]. Astronomical relationships were obtained following Iqbal [13].

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Fig. 2: Annual mean values of daily global solar irradiation (kJm-2) distribution over the region. Squares show the locations of the stations selected by the students and applied in this analysis.

image077image078Fig. 3: Annual values of (a) precipitation (mm) and (b) mean relative humidity (%) over the region.

Data for every station were collected, joined together and interpolated using Kriging technique, in order to get appropriate maps for analysis. Software package SURFER (http://www. ssg- surfer. com/) provided graphical representation of these results.

2. Results

Discussion of the results, conclusions and future activities

As shown in figures 3 to 5 the presented MOS model improves considerably the output of the ARPS model simulation. Small amount of performance improvement may be obtained by the single convolution of each data block, instead of chaining, to avoid the boundary uncertainties at the borders of each of the data block on the training set (se section 4). However, to evaluate the operation of the statistical correction, the uncertainties under continuous boundary conditions have to be evaluated (see sections 3.2 and 5).

Furthermore, as the presented results are only based on simulated reanalysis data, they have to be still compared with the statistical corrections of ARPS simulations based on data of analysis, and forecast global simulations. The former is important to verify the performance loss for the analysis data. The latter is important to verify the statistical correction of both the analysis and the forecast uncertainties, since they appear in a combined form within the forecast results. Furthermore, actualizations of the NWP model may lead to additional uncertainties in the analysis and forecast corrections. With a forecast based on the reanalysis data, also named reforecast, these actualizations are avoided [12]. Additional performance improvement may be obtained by the inclusion of time series of other variables forecasted by the NWP [36]. Comparable to the MOS in [12], the presented MOS method DWT-ANN is only able to improve the forecasts at sites where measurements of the simulated variable are available. A solution for this problem is proposed in [36] with a site unspecific time series MOS, based on a wavelet model. This model may be applied with low uncertainties for the NWP output corrections of a limited region, as e. g. a city, where CSDHWS installations can be find in different locations.


The authors are indebted to the CAPES — Coordenagao de Aperfeigoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior for support to the present work and to Dr. Reinaldo Haas to place at disposal the simulated data using the ARPS model.


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Ordinary kriging model evaluation

Подпись: Fig. 3. June and October H maps based on the ordinary kriging method on a 1 km x 1 km grid.

Validation dataset results showed, overall, that the ordinary kriging is able to provide fair estimates. Error values present a seasonal pattern: the summer months shows the lowest RMSE values (in percentage) and the winter months the highest ones. For instance, in October RMSE is 1.44 MJ m-2day-1 (11.21%) and for June RMSE is 1.63 MJ m-2day-1 (6.20%). The MAE values ranges from 0.26 MJ m-2day-1 (2.6%) in February to 0.78 MJ m-2day-1 (6%) in October. Additionally, the ordinary kriging estimates shows scarce bias, being the ME values almost negligible for almost all the months. Only for November, a slight overestimation is found. Values of R2 range from 0.9 in December to 0.96 in June. Figure 3 shows the estimated H maps of June and October based on the ordinary kriging procedure.

Reference values for cloud reflectivity

The cloud reflectivity pc also depends on the sun-satellite geometry. Therefore, different values of pc are calculated using histograms of reflectivity values for classes with similar geometric configurations. Fig. 2 illustrates the approach to assign the cloud reflectivity to each class: The measured histogram is fitted by a superposition of two functions, the first is representing the ground reflectivity distribution fitground and the second the cloud reflectivity distribution fitcioud. As cloud reflectivity we chose a value close to the reflection point (Pdoud , a*max(fitcioud)).