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Volume 7, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3927–3933, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3927-2014
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 3927–3933, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3927-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 25 Nov 2014

Research article | 25 Nov 2014

Improving HelioClim-3 estimates of surface solar irradiance using the McClear clear-sky model and recent advances in atmosphere composition

Z. Qu et al.
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The HelioClim-3 database (HC3v3) provides records of surface solar irradiation every 15 min estimated by processing images from the geostationary meteorological Meteosat satellites using climatological data sets of atmospheric properties. A method is proposed to improve a posteriori HC3v3 by combining it with data records of advanced global aerosol property forecasts and physically consistent total column content in water vapour and ozone produced by the MACC projects.
The HelioClim-3 database (HC3v3) provides records of surface solar irradiation every 15 min...
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