User Manuals

Reference the documentation below for more information about each version of the NSRDB.

Physical Solar Model (PSM)

A user manual for the Physical Solar Model will be available soon. Until it is available, please reference the documentation below.

  • Sengupta, M.; Weekley, A.; Habte, A.; Lopez, A.; Molling, C.; Heidinger, A. (2015). "Validation of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) (2005‒2012): Preprint." 6 pp. NREL/CP-5D00-64981.
  • Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Gotseff, P.; Weekley, A.; Lopez, A.; Molling, C.; Heidinger, A. (2014). "Physics-Based GOES Satellite Product for Use in NREL's National Solar Radiation Database: Preprint." 9 pp. NREL/CP-5D00-62237.
  • Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Gotseff, P.; Weekley, A.; Lopez, A.; Anderberg, M.; Molling, C.; Heidinger, A. (2014). "Physics-Based GOES Product for Use in NREL's National Solar Radiation Database: Preprint." 6 pp. NREL/CP-5D00-62776.
  • Habte, A.; Sengupta, M.; Wilcox, S. (2013). Validation of GOES-Derived Surface Radiation Using NOAA's Physical Retrieval Method. 30 pp. NREL/TP-5500-57442.
  • Habte, A.; Sengupta, M.; Wilcox, S. (2012). "Comparing Measured and Satellite-Derived Surface Irradiance." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 6th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, July 23-26, 2012, San Diego, California. New York, NY: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 6 pp.; NREL/CP-5500-54497. http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/ES2012-91417.
  • Heidinger, A. K.; Foster, M. J.; Walther, A. (2013). "The Pathfinder Atmospheres Extended (PATMOS-x) AVHRR Climate Data Set." Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 95,909-922. https://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00246.1.
  • Pinker, R. T.; Laszlo, I. (1992). "Modeling Surface Solar Irradiance for Satellite Applications on a Global Scale." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 31, 194-211.
    http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0450%281992%29031%3C0194%3AMSSIFS%3E2.0.CO%3B2.

Meteorological Statistical Model 3 (MTS3)

The National Solar Radiation Database User's Manual (1991–2010 Update) describes the third version of the NSRDB. The manual provides guidance on using database products, acquaints the user with the many features of the database update, and provides information about how to use database products.

Meteorological Statistical Model 1 (MTS1)

The National Solar Radiation Database User's Manual (1961–1990) describes the first version of the NSRDB. The manual provides guidance on using database products, acquaints the user with the many features of the database, and provides information about how to use database products.