448 pages | 38 Color Illus. | 200 B/W Illus.
The rather specialized field of solar and infrared radiation measurements has become increasingly important due to the increased demands by the renewable energy and climate change research communities for data with higher accuracy and increased temporal and spatial resolutions. Recent advances in radiometry, measurement systems, and information dissemination also have increased the need for refreshing the literature available for this topic.
This book provides the reader with an up-to-date review of the important aspects of solar and infrared radiation measurements: radiometer design; equipment installation, operation, maintenance, and calibration; data quality assessment parameters; and the knowledge necessary to properly interpret and apply the measured data to a variety of topics. Each of the authors has more than 40 years of experience with this subject, primarily as the result of developing and operating multiple measurement stations, working with the industry to improve radiometry, and conducting various research projects.
The book’s scope and subject matter have been designed to help a wide audience gain a general understanding of this subject and to serve as a technical reference. A student new to the field will benefit from the review of terminology and the historical perspective for radiometry before addressing more detailed topics in radiometry that we hope will be of interest to the more experienced reader.
Describes the strengths and weaknesses of irradiance instruments
Provides detailed information on how to assess uncertainty in measurements
Offers comprehensive background information needed to understand the use of solar instrumentation
Discusses design concepts for shadowband radiometers, sky imagers, and satellite-based estimates of solar irradiance at the Earth’s surface
Includes chapter-end questions, references, and useful links
Measuring Solar and Infrared Radiation. Definitions and Terminology. Historic Milestones in Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurement. Broadband Direct Normal Irradiance. Broadband Global Irradiance. Broadband Diffuse Irradiance. Solar Spectral Measurements. Measuring Surface Albedo. Measuring Solar Radiation on a Tilted Surface. Shadowband Radiometers. Infrared Irradiance Measurements. Net Radiation Measurements. Meteorological Measurements. Overview of Best Practices for Measuring Solar and Infrared Radiation. Satellite-Based Estimates of Solar Irradiance at the Earth’s Surface. Appendices. Index