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Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3399–3412, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3399-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: HD(CP)2 Observational Prototype Experiment (AMT/ACP...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3399–3412, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3399-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 15 Mar 2016

Research article | 15 Mar 2016

Evaluating the spatio-temporal performance of sky-imager-based solar irradiance analysis and forecasts

Thomas Schmidt et al.

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We performed an irradiance forecast experiment based on analysis of hemispheric sky images and evaluated results on a large data set of 99 pyranometers distributed over 10 × 12 km. We developed a surface irradiance retrieval from cloud information derived from the images. Very high resolution forecasts were processed up to 25 min. A main finding is that forecast skill is enhanced in complex cloud conditions leading to high variability in surface irradiance.
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