Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 1681–1687 | Cite as

Estimation of global radiation in China and comparison with satellite product

  • Wenwu QingEmail author
  • Rensheng Chen
  • Weimin Sun
Original Article


A modified solar radiation model, incorporating into several satellites remote sensing information such as NCEP/NCAR data, EOS-AURA satellite data, and Chinese FY-2C geo-stationary meteorological satellite data, is presented. The model is an attempt to modify Chen’s radiation model and examine its estimation accuracy at various places in six different climatic zones of China. The verification of model is also carried out by comparing between calculated radiation value using modified model and radiation product of FY-2C satellites. According to the NSE values, the adaptability of model is reasonably high in Mid-Temperate Zone (MTZ), Warm Temperate Zone (WTZ), Tibetan Plateau Zone (TPZ), and Cold Temperature Zone (CTZ) climate regimes and slightly low in Subtropical Zone (SZ) and Tropical Zone (TZ) climate regimes. The comparison between modeled radiation values and FY-2C radiation product values shows that the radiation product of FY-2C satellites is superior to the modified model in SZ and TZ climate regimes.


Solar radiation model Satellite global radiation product Total cloud percent 



This work is supported by the Knowledge Innovation Project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 91025011, No. 91125013 and No. 41222001), and Energy Efficiency Management and Innovation teamwork (PHR201007136). The author would also like to thank China Meteorological Administration for its data support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Earth and Environmental SciencesLanzhou UniversityLanzhouChina
  2. 2.Qilian Alpine Ecology and Hydrology Research Station, Chinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina
  3. 3.Beijing Institute of Petrochemical TechnologyBeijingChina

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