Validation of CM SAF Surface Solar Radiation Datasets over Finland and Sweden
2015 (English)In: Remote Sensing, ISSN 2072-4292, E-ISSN 2072-4292, Vol. 7, no 6, 6663-6682 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Accurate determination of the amount of incoming solar radiation at Earth's surface is important for both climate studies and solar power applications. Satellite-based datasets of solar radiation offer wide spatial and temporal coverage, but careful validation of their quality is a necessary prerequisite for reliable utilization. Here we study the retrieval quality of one polar-orbiting satellite-based dataset (CLARA-A1) and one geostationary satellite-based dataset (SARAH), using in situ observations of solar radiation from the Finnish and Swedish meteorological measurement networks as reference. Our focus is on determining dataset quality over high latitudes as well as evaluating daily mean retrievals, both of which are aspects that have drawn little focus in previous studies. We find that both datasets are generally capable of retrieving the levels and seasonal cycles of solar radiation in Finland and Sweden well, with some limitations. SARAH exhibits a slight negative bias and increased retrieval uncertainty near the coverage edge, but in turn offers better precision (less scatter) in the daily mean retrievals owing to the high sampling rate of geostationary imaging.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 7, no 6, 6663-6682 p.
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Research subject Meteorology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:smhi:diva-1968DOI: 10.3390/rs70606663ISI: 000357589800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:smhi-1968DiVA: diva2:923354