Surface solar radiation over the Pacific Ocean off the Sanriku coast has been estimated using Visible and Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer data supplied by the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite 5 for September, 1996 to June, 1997, when the Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner was functioning. The hourly and daily insolation is estimated with a spatial resolution of 0.01-degree grid. The in situ surface short wave radiation obtained by the research vessel, Kofu-Maru belonging to the Japan Meteorological Agency is used for validation of the estimated insolation. It is shown that the estimated hourly and daily insolation has an rms (root mean square) error of 17.05% and 8.13%, respectively, which are the ratios between the rms error (W/m2) and the mean insolation (W/m2).
- Bio-optical interaction
- Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS)
- Remote sensing
- Visible and Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer (VISSR)
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