A global satellite-based hourly/daily shortwave radiation/PAR dataset

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Accurate characterization of the global downward shortwave (SW) and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) is fundamental for Earth system modeling and global change research. Combined with a machine-learning method, we used the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) data onboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) to generate the global SW/PAR dataset at both hourly and daily temporal scales and 0.1degree×0.1degree spatial resolution. Covering a period from June, 2015 to June (about 4 years), 2019, the dataset consists of  total SW/PAR and their direct and diffuse components. Our dataset will be valuable for understanding the diurnal cycles and seasonal patterns of ecosystem processes, as well as the solar energy utilizations.

Both hourly and daily data are provided in the dataset. The hourly data are grouped by day in distinct NetCDF files, named as “EPIC_SW_PAR_Hourly_yyyymmdd.nc” where “yyyy”, “mm”, and “dd” denote year, month, and day (UTC time). The daily data are grouped by month in distinct NetCDF files, named as “EPIC_SW_PAR_Daily_yyyymm.nc” where “yyyy”, and “mm” denote year and month (UTC time). Each NetCDF file contains latitude, longitude, time, diffuse SW, direct SW, diffuse PAR, direct PAR, and the corresponding quality flags which indicates whether the pixel is gap-filled or not. The scale factor for the direct and diffuse SW/PAR is 0.1. The total SW/PAR can be calculated as the sum of the direct and diffuse components. The information about the version, creation date, reference, contact mails, and other comments are also included in the file.


DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.25584/1595069

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