Determination of the Earth's radiation budget is essential to atmospheric modelling and climate studies. In addition, solar energy is one of the main renewable energy sources.
As the density of stations measuring radiation is rather low, simple models for estimation of solar radiation from alternative data, and the temporal, angular, and spectral distribution of solar radiation expand the data availability. Furthermore, validation of satellite derived radiation products increase the availability of reliable data, and thus help the solar energy community with detailed mapping of solar energy potential. There is a strong focus on combining monitoring and modeling of radiation, including studies of long-term variations of total and spectral solar radiation and its link to variations in atmospheric constituents (clouds, aerosols, ozone, etc.). These kinds of studies require long-term radiation data of high quality. The main atmospheric radiation research areas are:
- long term monitoring of radiation data at our Radiation Observatory
- radiation measurements at an offshore platform (EKOFISK)
- radiation modelling
- solar energy resources
- uv radiation
- long term variability of solar radiation