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The HelioClim Project: Surface Solar Irradiance Data for Climate Applications

Philippe Blanc
Benoît Gschwind
Mireille Lefèvre
Lucien Wald

Abstract

Meteosat satellite images are processed to yield values of the incoming surface solar irradiance (SSI), one of the Essential Climate Variables. Two HelioClim databases, HC-1 and HC-3, were constructed covering Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean, and contain daily and monthly means of SSI. The HC-1 database spans from 1985 to 2005; HC-3 began in 2004 and is updated daily. Their quality and limitations in retrieving monthly means of SSI have been studied by a comparison between eleven stations offering long time-series of measurements. A good agreement was observed for each site: bias was less than 10 W/m² in absolute value (5% in relative value) for HC-3. HC-1 offers a similar quality, though it underestimates the SSI for latitudes greater than 45° and less than −45°. Time-series running from 1985 to date can be created by concatenating the HC-1 and HC-3 values and could help in assessing SSI and its changes.
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hal-00566995 , version 1 (17-02-2011)

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Philippe Blanc, Benoît Gschwind, Mireille Lefèvre, Lucien Wald. The HelioClim Project: Surface Solar Irradiance Data for Climate Applications. Remote Sensing, 2011, 3 (2), pp.343-361. ⟨10.3390/rs3020343⟩. ⟨hal-00566995⟩
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