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Trends in direct normal irradiance in Oregon: Comparison of surface measurements and ISCCP derived irradiance

Lohmann, Sina and Riihimaki, Laura and Vignola, Frank and Meyer, Richard (2007) Trends in direct normal irradiance in Oregon: Comparison of surface measurements and ISCCP derived irradiance. Geophysical Research Letters, 34 (L02705), pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1029/2006GL027322.

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Abstract

Long-term pyrheliometer measurements of direct normal irradiance at three sites in Oregon are compared to irradiance calculated from data of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project. An increase of direct normal irradiance of up to 1 W/m2 per year between 1980 and 2004 is found in the measured data. The increase seems to be partially caused by stratospheric aerosols from two major volcano eruptions. After removing data for the years most affected by volcanic aerosol, two of the three sites still show a significant increase in direct normal irradiance, indicating other atmospheric changes may contribute to the observed trends. From 1984–2004, for which satellite data are available, both data sets correlate very well and show an increase in direct normal irradiance of 0.3 W/m2 per year on average. In both data sets trends vary seasonally. A strong increase is observed during summer and fall. At two sites a significant decrease during winter, which is consistent in measured and satellite derived values, counteracts part of the summer increase.

Document Type:Article
Title:Trends in direct normal irradiance in Oregon: Comparison of surface measurements and ISCCP derived irradiance
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Lohmann, SinaUNSPECIFIED
Riihimaki, LauraUniv. of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Vignola, FrankUniv. of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Meyer, RichardUNSPECIFIED
Date:2007
Journal or Publication Title:Geophysical Research Letters
Volume:34
DOI:10.1029/2006GL027322
Page Range:pp. 1-4
Status:Published
Keywords:direct irradiance, global dimming, long-term variability
HGF - Research field:Energy, Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:other, Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:E - no assignement, W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Energy, Space
DLR - Program:E - no assignement, W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):E -- no assignement, W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Sina Lohmann
Deposited On:22 Jan 2007
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:08

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