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Title: Use of MERRA-2 in the National Solar Radiation Database and Beyond

Abstract

The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) is a flagship product of NREL that provides solar radiation and ancillary meteorological information through a GIS based portal. This data is provided at a 4kmx4km spatial and 30 minute temporal resolution covering the period between 1998-2015. The gridded data that is distributed by the NSRDB is derived from satellite measurements using the Physical Solar Model (PSM) that contains a 2-stage approach. This 2-stage approach consists of first retrieving cloud properties using measurement from the GOES series of satellites and using that information in a radiative transfer model to estimate solar radiation at the surface. In addition to the satellite data the model requires ancillary meteorological information that is provided mainly by NASA's Modern Era Retrospecitve Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA-2) 2 model output. This presentation provides an insight into how the NSRDB is developed using the PSM and how the various sources of data including the MERRA-2 data is used during the process.

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1369385
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-5D00-68686
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the NASA Goddard MERRA-2 Applications Workshop, 19 June 2017, Greenbelt, Maryland
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; NSRDB; National Solar Radiation Database; solar radiation; MERRA-2; satellite measurements

Citation Formats

Sengupta, Manajit, Lopez, Anthony, and Habte, Aron. Use of MERRA-2 in the National Solar Radiation Database and Beyond. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Sengupta, Manajit, Lopez, Anthony, & Habte, Aron. Use of MERRA-2 in the National Solar Radiation Database and Beyond. United States.
Sengupta, Manajit, Lopez, Anthony, and Habte, Aron. Thu . "Use of MERRA-2 in the National Solar Radiation Database and Beyond". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1369385.
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abstractNote = {The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) is a flagship product of NREL that provides solar radiation and ancillary meteorological information through a GIS based portal. This data is provided at a 4kmx4km spatial and 30 minute temporal resolution covering the period between 1998-2015. The gridded data that is distributed by the NSRDB is derived from satellite measurements using the Physical Solar Model (PSM) that contains a 2-stage approach. This 2-stage approach consists of first retrieving cloud properties using measurement from the GOES series of satellites and using that information in a radiative transfer model to estimate solar radiation at the surface. In addition to the satellite data the model requires ancillary meteorological information that is provided mainly by NASA's Modern Era Retrospecitve Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA-2) 2 model output. This presentation provides an insight into how the NSRDB is developed using the PSM and how the various sources of data including the MERRA-2 data is used during the process.},
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