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Validation of an hourly resolved global aerosol model in answer to solar electricity generation information needs

Schroedter-Homscheidt, Marion and Oumbe, Armel (2013) Validation of an hourly resolved global aerosol model in answer to solar electricity generation information needs. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (13), pp. 3777-3791. Copernicus Publications. doi: 10.5194/acp-13-3777-2013. ISSN 1680-7316.

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Solar energy applications need global aerosol optical depth (AOD) information to derive historic surface solar irradiance databases from geostationary meteorological satellites reaching back to the 1980’s. This paper validates the MATCH/DLR model originating in the climate community against AERONET ground measurements. Hourly or daily mean AOD model output is evaluated individually for all stations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East – an area highly interesting for solar energy applications being partly dominated by high aerosol loads. Overall, a bias of 0.02 and a root-mean-square error (RMSE) of 0.23 are found for daily mean AOD values, while the RMSE increases to 0.28 for hourly mean AOD values. Large differences between various regions and stations are found providing a feedback loop for the aerosol modelling community. The difference in using daily means versus hourly resolved modelling with respect to hourly resolved observations is evaluated. Nowadays stateof- the-art in solar resource assessment relies on monthly turbidity or AOD climatologies while at least hourly resolved irradiance time series are needed by the solar sector. Therefore, the contribution of higher temporally modelled AOD is evaluated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/81919/
Document Type:Article
Title:Validation of an hourly resolved global aerosol model in answer to solar electricity generation information needs
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schroedter-Homscheidt, Marionmarion.schroedter-homscheidt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Oumbe, ArmelTotal New EnergiesUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 April 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.5194/acp-13-3777-2013
Page Range:pp. 3777-3791
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:Aerosole, globale Modellierung, Validierung, Solarenergie, Solarstrom, aerosols, global modelling, validation, solar energy, solar electricity
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Atmospheric and climate research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Atmosphere
German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Schroedter-Homscheidt, Marion
Deposited On:17 Apr 2013 12:44
Last Modified:19 Jun 2019 09:33

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