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The distribution of global solar radiation over the land surfaces of the earth

, : The distribution of global solar radiation over the land surfaces of the earth. Solar energy1(1): 95-104

The history, present world distribution and accuracy of measurements of global solar radiation are briefly reviewed. 221 annual total values measured during 1975 with thermopile pyranometers, were used to map the world distribution of solar irradiation and statistically analyze its variation with latitude, altitude and longitude in the northern and southern hemispheres. The pole-to-pole distribution of irradiation was fitted by cubic splines with seven knots giving a standard deviation that was 12 per cent of the average irradiation over the Earth's land surface. The distribution based on the 1975 data is compared with previously published analyses and current uncertainties and gaps in the world measurement network are discussed.


DOI: 10.1016/0038-092x(83)90039-7

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