Accession Number : ADA188414

Title :   Estimating the Solar Irradiance of an Intermountain Region Using GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) Satellite Data: a Test of Two Statistical Models.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Walters, Mark S

PDF Url : ADA188414

Report Date : Jan 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 154

Abstract : The performance of two statistical models that use satellite data to calculate the global solar radiation incident upon the earth's surface are assessed. The estimates are determined for a mid latitude ten station network and represent a variety of sky cover conditions. Evaluations of the models for different sky conditions reveal the need for revised regression coefficients for the Hay and Hanson (1978) model and the Tarpley (1979) model. The Hay and Hanson (1978) model was shown to perform better for partly cloudy and overcast sky conditions while the Tarpley (1979) model performed better under clear skies. On a hourly and daily time scale, the Hay and Hanson (1978) model proved to be the better performer.

Descriptors :   *SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, *SOLAR RADIATION, CLOUD COVER, COEFFICIENTS, DAILY OCCURRENCE, EARTH(PLANET), GLOBAL, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, SURFACES, SYNCHRONOUS SATELLITES, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, TELEMETERING DATA, THESES, DIURNAL VARIATIONS, MOUNTAINS, GRAPHS

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE