Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5841–5852, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5841-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5841–5852, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5841-2016

Research article 12 May 2016

Research article | 12 May 2016

Impact of buildings on surface solar radiation over urban Beijing

Bin Zhao et al.

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We examine the impact of buildings on surface solar fluxes in Beijing by accounting for their 3-D structures. We find that inclusion of buildings changes surface solar fluxes by within ±1 W m−2, ±1–10 W m−2, and up to ±100 W m−2 at grid resolutions of 4 km, 800 m, and 90 m, respectively. We can resolve pairs of positive-negative flux deviations on different sides of buildings at ≤ 800 m resolutions. We should treat building-effect on solar fluxes differently in models with different resolutions.
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