Evaluation of a sky/cloud formula for estimating UV-B irradiance under cloudy skies

Sabburg, J. and Wong, J. (2000) Evaluation of a sky/cloud formula for estimating UV-B irradiance under cloudy skies. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105 (D24). pp. 685-691. ISSN 2169-897X


A new sky/cloud formula is evaluated using results collected over 1 year from an integrated sky camera and irradiance measurement system. Sky properties were recorded every 6 min, simultaneously alongside solar radiation measurements at Toowoomba, Australia (27.6° S, 151.9° E), over the solar zenith angle range of 4.2° to 64.3°. This is the first sky formula that incorporates a complement of parameters based on sky properties around the Sun. The sky properties included cloud cover, cloud brokenness, cloud brightness variation, the angle of maximum cloud cover and aureole brightness. The sky formula was developed by correlating the ratio of the measured UV-B irradiance to the modeled clear sky UV-B irradiance for the same atmospheric conditions, with each of the five sky properties listed above. Variation of the UV-B ratio for each individual sky property is examined. This sky formula, used in conjunction with a clear sky semiempirical UV-B model, was compared to three published cloud formulas based on cloud cover alone. Using a data set restricted to cases of cloud obscuring the solar disk, the new formula was found to have the highest r 2 value of 0.82. Further comparison with a fourth published formula using a subset of data containing predominately cirrus cloud type, produced an explained variance of 0.91 between the measured and the modeled data.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 02:56
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040106 Cloud Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960202 Atmospheric Processes and Dynamics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1029/2000JD900530
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/14097

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