The rather specialized field of solar and infrared radiation measurements has become increasingly important due to the increased demands by the renewable energy and climate change research communities for data with higher accuracy and increased temporal and spatial resolutions. Recent advances in radiometry, measurement systems, and information dissemination also have increased the need for refreshing the literature available for this topic.

This book provides the reader with an up-to-date review of the important aspects of solar and infrared radiation measurements: radiometer design; equipment installation, operation, maintenance, and calibration; data quality assessment parameters; and the knowledge necessary to properly interpret and apply the measured data to a variety of topics. Each of the authors has more than 40 years of experience with this subject, primarily as the result of developing and operating multiple measurement stations, working with the industry to improve radiometry, and conducting various research projects.

The book’s scope and subject matter have been designed to help a wide audience gain a general understanding of this subject and to serve as a technical reference. A student new to the field will benefit from the review of terminology and the historical perspective for radiometry before addressing more detailed topics in radiometry that we hope will be of interest to the more experienced reader.

 Describes the strengths and weaknesses of irradiance instruments

 Provides detailed information on how to assess uncertainty in measurements

 Offers comprehensive background information needed to understand the use of solar instrumentation

 Discusses design concepts for shadowband radiometers, sky imagers, and satellite-based estimates of solar irradiance at the Earth’s surface

 Includes chapter-end questions, references, and useful links

chapter 1|5 pages

Measuring Solar and Infrared Radiation

chapter 2|25 pages

Definitions and Terminology

chapter 4|22 pages

Direct Normal Irradiance

chapter 5|59 pages

Broadband Global Irradiance

chapter 6|10 pages

Diffuse Irradiance

chapter 7|32 pages

Solar Spectral Measurements

chapter 8|11 pages


chapter 10|13 pages

Shadowband Radiometers

chapter 11|12 pages

Infrared Measurements

chapter 12|8 pages

Net Radiation Measurements

chapter 13|21 pages

Radiometer Calibrations

chapter 14|28 pages

Ancillary Measurements

chapter 15|20 pages

Solar Monitoring Station Best Practices