Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements Book


Frank Vignola, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA;
Joseph Michalsky, US Department of Commerce/NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, USA;
Thomas Stoffel, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Louisville, Colorado, USA
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Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements, Second Edition

Written for students and professionals, this reference explores the various types of solar radiation measurements and how they operate. The book gives the reader a step-by-step approach to the set-up, operation, and maintenance of a solar monitoring station. The book provides the background and terminology needed to understand the uses and requirements of various solar monitoring radiometers, and it gives an overview of the various solar radiation instruments. It also discusses the calibration and maintenance necessary for instruments in the lab and field, as well as covering the traceability of calibrations to international standards.


  • Describes the strengths and weaknesses of irradiance instruments
  • Provides detailed information on how to assess uncertainty in measurements
  • Contains information on how to install, operate, and maintain a radiation measurement station
  • Offers comprehensive background information needed to understand the use of solar instrumentation
  • Makes recommendations on choosing pyranometers for photovoltaic monitoring stations
  • Includes chapter-end summaries, questions, references, and useful links