Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Frank Vignola, Joseph Michalsky, Thomas Stoffel

CRC Press
August 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 448 Pages - 38 Color & 200 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138096295 - CAT# K34892
Series: Energy and the Environment

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The objective of this book is to provide the reader with an up-to-date review of the important aspects of solar and infrared radiation measurements: radiometer design; equipment selection, installation, operation, and maintenance, including radiometer calibration; data quality assessment procedures; 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 understand the general subject and to serve as a technical reference for applying the current best practices.


  • Reviews terminology and presents a historical perspective of radiometry
  • Provides an overview of the latest best practices for measuring solar and infrared radiation
  • Describes the strengths and weaknesses of commercially available instruments for measuring solar and infrared irradiance
  • Provides detailed information on how to assess uncertainty in radiometric measurements
  • Offers comprehensive background information needed to understand the calibration and use of instrumentation for solar and infrared radiation measurements
  • Discusses design concepts for absolute cavity radiometers, shadowband radiometers, spectroradiometers, sky imagers, and satellite-based estimates of solar irradiance at the Earth’s surface
  • Includes useful chapter-end questions, links to relevant on-line information sources, and technical references with answers to questions at the end of the book

In addition, the appendices to this book:

  • Provide basic information on understanding and deriving measurement uncertainties
  • Show sun paths over the year for every 10 degrees of latitude
  • Document a program to calculate the solar position
  • Discuss potential equipment failure modes affecting data quality
  • Describe how to build a simple pyranometer
  • Present one example of a comprehensive data format
  • List selected public sources of solar and infrared radiation data


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