Attenuation of solar radiation in the atmosphere

Mani, Anna ; Chacko, Oommen (1980) Attenuation of solar radiation in the atmosphere Solar Energy, 24 (4). pp. 347-349. ISSN 0038-092X

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This paper presents the results of measurements of the solar radiant energy absorbed and scattered in the atmosphere. Since much of the information on solar irradiance at the ground is obtained by computation from extraterrestrial radiation data, it is important to know precisely the actual energy that is absorbed and scattered in its passage through the atmosphere for the accurate estimation of the radiant energy received at the ground. Various models exist for the estimation of daily totals of global solar radiation under clear sky and cloudy conditions, taking these effects into consideration and assuming average values for the ozone and water vapour content and the turbidity of the atmosphere. In the present investigation atmospheric attenuation of solar radiation has been calculated from measured values of ozone and water vapour content and turbidity in the atmosphere, at two stations Bangalore (950 metres above sea level) and Nandi Hills (1479 masl). Direct measurements of direct solar radiation for the whole spectrum and various spectral regions were made at Bangalore and Nandi using Angström pyrheliometers fitted with broad-band pass filters during the clear months January-May 1979. Global solar radiation and sunshine duration measurements were also made at both stations. Using direct measurements of the total ozone and water vapour content and atmospheric turbidity, direct, diffuse and global solar radiation values at the ground were computed from extraterrestrial values of radiation for clear sky conditions. The results are compared with actual measurements and earlier observations of direct solar radiation at other high-level stations. The importance of atmospheric turbidity measurements in the computation of solar radiation is discussed.

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