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STAR / SMCD / EMB Radiation Budget

GOES-based Solar Resource Data Base

10-year mean of monthly Insolation for July 10-year mean of monthly Direct Normal Radiation for July 10-year mean of monthly Cloud Fraction for July 10-year mean of monthly Clear-sky Insolation for July Time series of monthly Direct Normal Radiation for Bondville, IL Time series of anomalies of monthly Direct Normal Radiation for Bondville, IL Time series of monthly average clear-sky and all-sky Insolation Clearness Index for Bondville, IL

 

The parameters described at and accessible from this site are thought to be useful for estimating availability of solar energy over the contiguous United States (CONUS). These parameters are derived from data in Version 1 of the GOES Surface and Insolation Product (GSIP-v1), which was the operational product until April 2009. This process involves applying simple quality control to discard suspicious data in the operational product, filling in missing cells by applying temporal and spatial interpolation, and calculating the desired solar resource parameters. The characteristics of the data are summarized in the table below:

Temporal domain:
January 1, 1999 - December 31, 2009 (except April 1, 2001 - May 3, 2001)
Temporal resolution:
hourly, daily, monthly, multiyear-monthly
Spatial domain:
71o-124oW longitude and 25o-50oN latitude (before 5/4/2001 0 UTC)
66o-126oW longitude and 24o-54oN latitude (starting 5/4/2001 0 UTC)
Spatial resolution:
0.5 degrees (~50 km)
Mapping:
equal-angle latitude and longitude grids
Output format:
Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) v4.2.8
Operations status:
Historical

Data Access and Parameter Definition

The data in version 1 of the Solar Resource Data Base (SRDB-v1) can be accessed from this page.

Parameters available in the data base are listed on this page.