Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 125, Issue 3–4, pp 479–488 | Cite as

Estimation of daily global solar radiation as a function of routine meteorological data in Mediterranean areas

  • Francisco Javier MezaEmail author
  • María Lorenzo Yebra
Original Paper


Solar radiation is the main responsible of many processes of the biophysical environment. Temperature changes, snow melt dynamics, carbon sequestration, evaporation from soils, plants, and open water bodies are explained by the amount of radiation received in a surface. Lack of direct observations and insufficient record length limit the ability to use global solar radiation information for resource use management and planning. Based on the general equation of Bristow and Campbell, we propose a modification that allows us to better represent atmospheric transmissivity as a function of routine meteorological variables and improve estimates of global solar radiation in Mediterranean and semi arid areas. The improved Bristow-Campbell model (IBC) is easy to use in any location where measurements of temperature, precipitation, and relative humidity are available, and present a simple solution that can be used as proxy for relative humidity in case that variable is not been measured.


Solar Radiation Diurnal Temperature Range Global Solar Radiation Atmospheric Transmissivity Solar Radiation Data 
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This work has been supported by FONDECYT grant 1120713. María Lorenzo would like to thank Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil (University of Guelph) for valuable advice and revision of an early version of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Javier Meza
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • María Lorenzo Yebra
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro Interdisciplinario de Cambio GlobalPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Departamento de Ecosistemas y Medio Ambiente. Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería ForestalPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Escuela Universitaria de Ingeniería Técnica AgrícolaUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid (España)MadridSpain

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