Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
28 Feb 2012
 | 28 Feb 2012

1961–1990 monthly high-resolution solar radiation climatologies for Italy

J. Spinoni, M. Brunetti, M. Maugeri, and C. Simolo

Abstract. We present a methodology for estimating solar radiation climatologies from a sparse network of global radiation and/or sunshine duration records: it allows to obtain high-resolution grids of monthly normal values for global radiation (and for the direct and diffuse components), atmospheric turbidity, and surface absorbed radiation. We discuss the application of the methodology to a preliminary version of an Italian global radiation and sunshine duration data set, which completion is still in progress and present the resulting 1961–1990 monthly radiation climatologies.