Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5099–5112, 2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5099–5112, 2015

Research article 08 Dec 2015

Research article | 08 Dec 2015

Can AERONET data be used to accurately model the monochromatic beam and circumsolar irradiances under cloud-free conditions in desert environment?

Y. Eissa et al.

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This study investigates whether the spectral aerosol optical properties of the AERONET stations are sufficient for an accurate modelling of the monochromatic beam and circumsolar irradiances under cloud-free conditions in a desert environment. By comparing the modelled irradiances against reference ground measurements, the monochromatic beam and circumsolar irradiances may very well be modelled using a set of inputs extracted from the AERONET data.