Articles | Volume 7, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3927-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-7-3927-2014
Research article
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25 Nov 2014
Research article |  | 25 Nov 2014

Improving HelioClim-3 estimates of surface solar irradiance using the McClear clear-sky model and recent advances in atmosphere composition

Z. Qu, B. Gschwind, M. Lefevre, and L. Wald

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The HelioClim-3 database (HC3v3) provides records of surface solar irradiation every 15 min estimated by processing images from the geostationary meteorological Meteosat satellites using climatological data sets of atmospheric properties. A method is proposed to improve a posteriori HC3v3 by combining it with data records of advanced global aerosol property forecasts and physically consistent total column content in water vapour and ozone produced by the MACC projects.