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The HelioClim-1 database of daily solar radiation at Earth surface: an example of the benefits of GEOSS Data-CORE

Abstract : The HelioClim-1 database contains daily values of the solar radiation reaching the ground. This GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone (Data-CORE) covers Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean, from 1985 to 2005. It is freely accessible at no cost through the SoDa Service (www.soda-is.com). Several assessments of the HelioClim-1 data against measurements made in meteorological networks reveal that the HelioClim-1 database offers a reliable and accurate knowledge of the solar radiation and its daily, seasonal and annual variations over recent years. The HelioClim-1 data may help in qualifying in situ measurements and may supplement them, thus offering 21 years of accurate daily means of surface solar irradiance. Several published works benefited from openness, availability and accuracy of the HelioClim-1 database in various domains: oceanography, climate, energy production, life cycle analysis, agriculture, forestry, architecture, health and air quality. This demonstration of the benefit of the HelioClim-1 database draws attention to resources open to everyone such as those labeled GEOSS Data-CORE.
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Mireille Lefèvre, Philippe Blanc, Bella Espinar, Benoît Gschwind, Lionel Ménard, et al.. The HelioClim-1 database of daily solar radiation at Earth surface: an example of the benefits of GEOSS Data-CORE. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE, 2014, 7 (5), pp.1745-1753. ⟨10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2283791⟩. ⟨hal-00993945v2⟩

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