1 Bulletin of Geography Physical Geography Series No 7/2014: Marek Kejna, Joanna Uscka-Kowalkowska, Andrzej Araźny, Mieczysław Kunz, Rafał Maszewski, Rajmund Przybylak Faculty of Earth Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University Lwowska 1, Toruń, Poland SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION IN TORUŃ AND ITS SUBURBAN AREA (CENTRAL POLAND) IN 2012 Abstract: This article investigates the spatial distribution of global solar radiation (K ) in Toruń and its suburbs, observed in Measurements were taken at 12 points (7 within the city and 5 in the suburban area) using CNR4 net radiometers and automatic weather stations (Vantage Pro+). At all locations, the diurnal and annual courses of K were typically related to the Earth s rotational movement and changes in the sun s declination over the year, and disturbed by clouds and atmospheric phenomena that enhance the extinction of solar radiation. A substantial spatial diversity of K was observed in Toruń and its suburbs. The annual sum of K at several urban locations accounted for over 70% of the solar radiation in the open space outside the city. The amount of incoming solar radiation in the urban area was more restricted in winter (<50%) than in summer (approx. 70%). The diurnal courses of K were heavily disturbed by local obstacles which cast shadows (causing a considerable decrease of K ), but there were instances of increases in K (122%) augmented by radiation reflected from roofs, walls and windows surrounding the measurement point. The spatial diversity of K in the urban area is heterogeneous, due to local meteorological conditions (cloudiness, fog, smog and airborne dust) and the obscuring of the horizon. Keywords: global solar radiation, urban climate, Toruń, Poland
2 28 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Introduction Global solar radiation (K ) is the hemispherical irradiance on a horizontal surface (Guide to Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observation, WMO-No.8, 2008). K reaches the Earth s surface in both direct and diffuse form. Its intensity depends on the angle at which the sun s rays strike the surface, which changes throughout the day and the year according to the Earth s rotation and revolution. The optical qualities of the atmosphere are also important, and include, most notably, the presence of clouds and atmospheric aerosol content. Measurements of K should be taken in an open space, while in an urban environment different obstacles (terrain features, buildings, structures and vegetation) have a substantial influence on the size of the influx. The influence of the city on solar radiation and radiation balance components has been the subject of numerous studies in which results obtained in both urban and suburban areas were compared. These studies have been conducted in such cities as Athens in Greece (Kambezidis et al. 1994), Basel in Switzerland (Christen and Vogt 2004), Brasov in Romania (Serban 2010), Delhi in India (Das et al. 2009), Hong Kong in China and Seoul in South Korea (Hii et al. 2011), Cairo in Egypt (Robaa 2006), London in Great Britain (Hamilton et al. 2009), Sao Paulo in Brazil (de Oliveira et al. 2002; Codato et al. 2004), and St. Louis in the USA (Petersen and Stoffel 1980). The solar climates of cities have also been compared in Europe (Piringer et al. 2005) and worldwide (Taha 1997). The results indicate a considerable diversity in the incoming solar radiation and heat balance of cities, depending on the climate zone, type of architecture, energy management and air pollution. The amount of solar radiation reaching cities is 5% to 15% less than that reaching suburban areas (Podstawczyńska 2007). Nevertheless, the radiation balance of cities is more favourable, due to the lower albedo of the surfaces and a greater yield of energy as a result of multiple reflections from the surfaces, walls and roofs of buildings, as well as the absorption of solar rays. However, the heat balance of a city is more favourable not only because of the greater absorption of solar radiation, but also because of additional emissions from sources of anthropogenic heat, which even exceeds the quantities of energy received in the form of solar radiation in winter. This thermal privilege of cities, as seen in the intensity of the urban heat island, increases proportionally to the number of inhabitants
3 SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION and degree of urbanisation. In densely built-up cities with tall buildings, restricted amounts of daylight have become a problem (Hii et al. 2011). In Poland, regular actinometric measurements were initiated by W. Gorczyński in Warsaw in In subsequent years these were taken in other places, as well. A detailed inventory of the oldest actinometric measurements is included in an article by Uscka-Kowalkowska (2010). This kind of observation allowed an increasingly comprehensive understanding of the solar climate in Poland. Publications on this topic address such issues as the spatial distribution of global solar radiation in Poland (e.g. Paszyński 1966; Podogrocki 1978; Paszyński and Niedźwiedź 1991; Bogdańska and Podogrocki 2000; Lorenc 2005), the amount of absorbed solar radiation (Kozłowska-Szczęsna 1973) and the radiation balance (Miara et al. 1987). Inconsistency in the distribution of K by latitude has also been noted: the greatest annual sums occur in the north (on the Baltic coastline), in central Poland, in the south east and at its mountain tops (>3800 MJ m -2 ) (Kozłowska-Szczęsna 1973). This is an effect of the changing length of day (especially in summer), the absolute altitude (decreasing optical mass of the atmosphere), and the distribution of clouds and air pollution. Reference sources describe and discuss trends in global solar radiation. In the 1950s and 1980s in numerous places throughout the world, a decrease in the amount of irradiance was observed (global dimming), followed by an increase in more recent times (global brightening) (Wild 2009). In the area of Poland, the published results of observations carried out at several weather stations in show that the amount of K had evidently increased (at 5 of 7 stations). In Warsaw, this increase was statistically relevant (Bogdańska and Podogrocki 2000). In some Polish cities, negative trends in K have also been observed. For example, in Wrocław it decreased 2.7 MJ per year in (Bryś and Bryś 2007). In Kraków, sunshine duration in was similarly found to have decreased, while the cloud cover increased (Morawska-Horawska 2002). However, thanks to a reduction in air pollution in Kraków, insolation has improved in recent years (Matuszko 2007). Solar conditions and their characteristics in cities have been juxtaposed with those of suburban areas, and analysed in detail in a number of studies. For example, long-term actinometric observations have been conducted in Kraków (Olecki 1973, 1975, 1980, 1986; Hess et al. 1980; Hess and Olecki 1990). As mentioned above, an improvement in air quality
4 30 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak conditions in the city has recently been noted (lower air pollution), and thus a reduction in the difference between K in Kraków and in its suburbs around Gaik-Brzezowa (Bokwa and Matuszyk 2007; Matuszko and Struś 2007). Multifaceted studies of the urban solar climate have also been carried out in Łódź and its suburban zone, and these have analysed global solar radiation, UV radiation, and radiation and heat balance (including the share of individual fluxes of sensible and latent heat) (Fortuniak 2003, 2010; Podstawczyńska and Pawlak 2006; Podstawczyńska 2007). It was concluded that the significant differences depended on the density of urban development and the courses of street canyons. In Upper Silesia, studies of the radiation balance, including K, have been conducted on the basis of observations made at weather stations in areas both urban (Sosnowiec) and rural (Ojców in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland) (Budzik 2006; Caputa and Wojkowski 2009; Caputa and Leśniok 2010). In Toruń, studies of the transmission of solar radiation through the atmosphere have been carried out in the city (Wójcik 1996) and its suburbs, in which single-family homes tend to predominate (Uscka 2004). Global solar radiation in forest and clearings has also been analysed in the Las Piwnicki Nature Reserve (Wójcik 1983), whereas studies of the radiation balance in the fields of the nearby village of Koniczynka have been conducted as part of the Integrated Environmental Monitoring Programme (Kejna et al. 2014). The analysis of the distribution of K under different exposure conditions is being supported more and more frequently by the methods offered by Geographic Information Systems (GIS). At a southern exposure, the amount of incoming energy may exceed the amount of energy reaching horizontal surfaces. Relevant studies have been conducted, e.g. for the area of Lublin (Dobek and Gawrysiak 2009) and the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Wojkowski 2007; Wojkowski and Skowera 2011). Radiation conditions are largely heterogeneous in mountainous areas, where ridges and peaks cast shadows on valleys, e.g. in the Beskidzkie Foothills (Hess et al. 1979; Bokwa and Matuszyk 2007; Matuszko and Struś 2007). Diversity in the solar irradiance and radiation balance then provides a basis for topoclimatic mapping (Paszyński et al. 1999). This method has been used, for example, to identify the topoclimate of Katowice (Radosz 2010). In studies of K, satellite observations are also increasingly being applied, but the data series
5 SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION are neither long enough nor homogeneous enough in comparison with conventional measurements (Petrenz et al. 2007). The purpose of this article is to attempt an analysis of the spatial variability of K in Toruń and its suburban area on the basis of measurements taken at 12 measurements points in The variability has been analysed in a diurnal and annual course in different weather conditions. Research area and methodology Measurements of the global solar radiation were taken in Toruń and its suburbs. Toruń is an old, medieval city founded in The city is situated in the central of Poland (φ = o N, λ = o E) on the Vistula River, in the Toruń Valley (Fig. 1). The valley is surrounded by morainal plateaus: the Chełmno Lakeland in the north and Inowrocław Plain and Kujawskie Lakeland in the south (Kondracki 2011). At present, it is a typical academic city, with a population of about 205,000 inhabitants. The total surface within the city s administrative borders amounts to ca. 116 km 2, but only ca. 26 km 2 (23%) are built up. The largest single allocation of land use in the city district is that of forest, at about 30%. Green areas, once surfaces covered by brushwood, shrubs and grass are included, account for about 51% (Kunz et al. 2012). The measurements of K were taken at 12 measurements points in The points at Koniczynka (KON), Krobia (KRO) and Złotoria (ZLO) represent the suburban area. KON was used as a reference point, due to its open location (unobstructed horizon). The urban points are located in areas characterised by very diverse development and substantial obstruction of the horizon. Figure 1 presents the location of all the measurements points, while their coordinates and absolute height values are collected in Table 1 below. For each of the points, environmental characteristics were defined according to the classification of Steward and Oke (2012), who distinguishes local climate zones (LCZs) in urban and suburban space. They defined LCZs as regions of uniform surface cover, structure, material, and human activity that cover spans ranging from hundreds of metres to several kilometres across.
6 Table 1. Measurement points used for the observation of global solar radiation in Toruń and its suburbs in 2012 Symbol Location ϕ (N) λ (E) Toruń m a.s.l. LCZs Instruments Lack of data BAR Barbarka, ul. Przysiecka A Vantage Pro BOR ul. Komorowskiego-Bora D Vantage Pro+ WRZ ul. Storczykowa C AWS Vaisala only climatic data LO1 ul. Zaułek Prosowy Vantage Pro+ MAN Mała Nieszawka D Vantage Pro+ OME Obserwatorium Meteorologiczne UMK ul. Lwowska CNR4, Vantage Pro+ PSK pl. Św. Katarzyny Vantage Pro+ RMA ul. Żwirki i Wigury D Vantage Pro , , SAL ul. Storczykowa D Vantage Pro ZOO ul. Szosa Bydgoska Vantage Pro Suburbs Area KON Koniczynka D CNR4 KRO Krobia, ul. Topolowa D Vantage Pro+ ZLO Złotoria, ul. Toruńska D Vantage Pro , , Explanations: LCZs according to Steward and Oke (2012): Land cover types: A Dense trees; C Bush, scrub; D Low plants. Building types: 2 Compact mid-rise; 5 Open mid-rise; 6 Open low-rise; 8 Large low-rise; 9 Sparsely-built.
7 SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION Fig. 1. Measurement points used for the observation of global solar radiation in Toruń and its suburbs in 2012: 1 Fig. Measurement 1. Measurement points; 2 Administrative points used boundary for the of the observation city; 3 The Vistula of River global solar radiation in Toruń and its suburbs in 2012: 1 Measurement points; 2 Administrative At each of the boundary points, photographs of the city; were 3 taken The using Vistula a camera River equipped with a fisheye lens in order to determine the obscuring of the horizon. The points differed considerably in terms of the openness of the horizon and numerous obstacles (particularly in the city) which limited the possibility of direct solar radiation At each reaching of the points, measurement photographs point. This was were especially taken evident using on a winter camera days equipped with a low sun, when direct sunlight did not reach the ground for most of day. The obstruction of the with a fisheye lens in order to determine the obscuring of the horizon. at selected points is shown in Figure 2. The points differed considerably in terms of the openness of the horizon and numerous obstacles (particularly in the city) which limited the possibility of direct solar radiation reaching the measurement point. This was especially evident on winter days with a low sun, when direct sunlight did not reach the ground for most of the day. The obstruction of the horizon at selected points is shown in Figure 2. Fig. 2. The obstruction of the horizon at the KON and LO1 points (photo by Marcin Rzepa) From the point of view of measuring K, KON has the most favourable setting, as the only obstacles are some trees in a park on the south-east horizon (Figs 2 and 3). At the LO1 point, on the other hand, the surrounding buildings prevent direct solar radiation from reaching the measurement
8 34 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Fig. 2. The obstruction of the horizon at the KON and LO1 points (photo by Marcin Rzepa) From the point of view of measuring K, KON has the most favourable setting, as the only obstacles are some trees in a park on the south-east horizon (Figs 2 and 3). At the LO1 point, on the other hand, the surrounding buildings prevent direct solar radiation from reaching the measurement point in winter months. Only in summer is the sun visible there around midday. At the BAR point, situated in a forest clearing, tall trees obscure the horizon. Although the least obstruction was found there in the morning hours, the sun s rays did not reach the measuring point directly in winter (Fig. 3). At two of the measurement points (KON and OME) Kipp&Zonen CNR4 net radiometers were installed. These included a pyranometer to record the K. The instruments were individually calibrated and ventilated to prevent the deposition of dust, atmospheric pollutants and precipitation on their domes. Recording took place every 10 minutes. At all the other points, Vantage Pro+ automatic weather stations were used, equipped with K sensors. There, the recording took place every 60 minutes (Fig. 4).
9 Fig. 3. The obstruction of the horizon at the KON, BAR and LO1 points, and the sun s path on 21 March/23 September, and on 22 June and 22 December
10 36 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Fig. 4. A CNR4 net radiometer at the KON (left) and a Vantage Pro+ automatic Fig. 4. A CNR4 net radiometer at the KON (left) and a Vantage Pro+ automatic weather station at the OME (photo weather by M. Kejna) station at the OME (photo by M. Kejna) Fig. 4. A CNR4 net radiometer at the KON (left) and a Vantage Pro+ automatic weather station at the OME First of the consistency of measurements recorded using the CNR4 and the Vantage Pro+ (photo by instruments First M. Kejna) of was all, ascertained. the consistency These instruments of measurements were used to simultaneously recorded using record the K at CNR4 the OME throughout and the Vantage the year Pro+ The instruments results proved was very compatible ascertained. (Fig. These 5), with instruments 89.6% of days were showing First differences in the daily sums of K within the limit of +/ 1 MJ. m -2. used of all, to the simultaneously consistency of record measurements K at the recorded OME throughout using the CNR4 the year and the Vantage Pro+ instruments was ascertained. These instruments were used to simultaneously record K at the OME throughout The the year results proved The results very compatible proved very (Fig. compatible 5), with (Fig. 89.6% 5), with of days 89.6% showing of days showing differences differences in the daily sums in the of daily K within sums the of K limit within of +/ the 1 MJ limit. m -2. of +/ 1 MJ. m -2. Fig. 5. Relation between mean diurnal sums of global solar radiation obtained by the CNR4 and the Vantage Pro+ instruments at the OME point in 2012 The data obtained using the CNR4 were complete, whereas in the case of the Vantage Pro+ some short breaks in the recording occurred at 7 measuring points (see Table 1). The missing data were supplemented by correlating the data from the nearest available measuring point. Fig. 5. Relation between mean diurnal sums of global solar radiation obtained by Fig. 5. Relation between the CNR4 mean and diurnal the Vantage sums of global Pro+ instruments solar radiation at the obtained OME by point the CNR4 in 2012 and the Vantage Pro+ instruments at the OME point in 2012 The data obtained using the CNR4 were complete, whereas in the case of the Vantage Pro+ some short breaks in the recording occurred at 7 measuring points (see Table 1). The missing data were supplemented by correlating the data from the nearest available measuring point.
11 SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION The data obtained using the CNR4 were complete, whereas in the case of the Vantage Pro+ some short breaks in the recording occurred at 7 measuring points (see Table 1). The missing data were supplemented by correlating the data from the nearest available measuring point. Results Cloudiness and sunshine duration in 2012 The pattern of K is largely affected by cloudiness, which hinders the direct solar radiation. The mean diurnal values of cloudiness in 2012 (visual observations) come from the weather station of the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management National Research Institute in Toruń (WRZ), situated in the Wrzosy residential estate. The values were compared with mean values of a longer series of observations during the period (Table 2). In 2012, the mean degree of cloudiness in WRZ was 5.2, on a scale of 0 8, which was less than the mean value (5.4) for the years In particular, the cloud cover was smaller in March (3.8), May (3.7) and July (4.5). June and November were more cloudy, at 5.8 and 7.0, respectively. Sunshine duration is a measure of insolation conditions. The analysed year proved to be particularly rich in sunshine. In WRZ, the total duration of sunshine reached hours against a long-term mean of hours for (Wójcik and Marciniak 2006). At Koniczynka in 2012, hours of sunshine were observed, in contrast with the multi-year mean for of hours. The highest total sunshine duration was observed in May: h in WRZ and h in KON, and the lowest in December in WRZ (31.8 h) and in November at KON (22.7 h).
12 38 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Table 2. Mean monthly and yearly values of cloudiness and sunshine duration in WRZ and KON in 2012 Station Period Cloudiness (0 8) WRZ 2012 WRZ* WRZ 2012 Sunshine duration (hours) WRZ* KON 2012 KON J F M A M J J A S O N D Year * according to Wójcik and Marciniak (2006) Potential irradiance Potential irradiance changes with the declination of the sun, which affects the sun s apparent position over the horizon and the length of the day. The amount of solar radiation at the upper boundary of the atmosphere on the parallel 53 o north (i.e. the parallel that crosses the area of observations) was determined using the following formula (Hartmann 1994; Kędziora 1999):
13 Potential irradiance changes with the declination of the sun, which affects the sun s app position over the horizon and the length of the day. The amount of solar radiation at the u boundary of the SPATIAL atmosphere DIFFERENTIATION on the parallel OF 53 GLOBAL o north SOLAR (i.e. the RADIATION... parallel that crosses 39 the are observations) was determined using the following formula (Hartmann 1994; Kędziora 1999): QQ dd = EE 0II SSSS ςς ( h ππ 0 sin φ sin δ + cos φ cos δ sin h 0 ) where: where: Q d diurnal sum of radiant energy reaching a horizontal surface at the upper Q atmospheric boundary (MJ m -2 d diurnal sum of radiant energy reaching ), a horizontal surface at the upper atmospheric Q boundary E 0 I SC (MJ m d solar -2 diurnal sum of radiant energy reaching a horizontal surface at the upper constant ), boundary (MJ m calculated -2 for each Q ), d day diurnal of the sum year of (I radiant SC =1367 energy W m -2 ), reaching a ho horizontal Esurface 0 I SC ς number solar at the constant of upper seconds calculated atmospheric in 24 for hours each (86,400), day boundary of the year (MJ m (I -2 SC =1367 ), W m -2 ), E 0 I SC solar constant calculated for each day of the year (I SC =1367 W m -2 ), hnumber 0 solar of hour seconds angle in 24 (rad), hours (86,400), E 0 I SC solar constant calculated for each day of the the of year radiant (I number of seconds in 24 hours (86,400), SC h=1367 energy 0 solar W m reaching hour -2 ), a horizontal surface at the upper atmospheric -2 angle (rad), number of seconds in 24 hours (86,400), ), ϕ latitude h 0 at solar the hour point angle of observation (rad), (rad), latitude at the point of observation (rad), h 0 solar hour angle (rad), stant calculated δ for declination each day latitude of of the the at year sun the (I point on SC =1367 a of given observation W m day -2 ), (rad). (rad), declination of the sun on a given day (rad). latitude at the point of observation (rad), conds in 24 hours (86,400), declination of the sun on a given day (rad). declination of the sun on a given day (rad). gle (rad), The solar constant The solar for each constant day and for the each declination day and the of the declination sun were of determined the sun were using Aydinli s e point formulas of observation The solar (Podogrocki determined (rad), constant for each day and the declination of the sun were determined usin et using al. 1998): Aydinli s formulas The solar (Podogrocki constant for et al. each 1998): day and the declination of f formulas (Podogrocki et al. 1998): f the the sun sun on were a given determined day (rad). using Aydinli s formulas (Podogrocki et al. 1998): EE 0 II SSSS = II SSSS [ cos(nn dd JJ 3,5 ) each day and the declination EE 0 II SSSS of = cos(2nn the II SSSS sun [1 dd were JJ 6.9 ) determined cos(nn dd JJ 3,5 ) EE cos(3nn dd JJ )] cos(2nn dd JJ 6.9 ) 0 IIusing SSSS = IIAydinli s SSSS [ cos(nn cos(3nn dd JJ dd JJ 3, )] 5 ) al. 1998): cos(2nn dd JJ 6.9 ) δδ = cos(3nn cos(nn dd JJ ) cos(2nn dd JJ ) cos(3nn dd δδ dd JJ )] [1 JJ ) = cos(nn cos(nn dd JJ ) cos(2nn dd JJ ) dd JJ 3,5 ) δδ = cos(nn JJ ) dd JJ ) c cos(2nn cos(2nn dd JJ dd ) JJ 6.9 ) cos(3nn cos(3nn dd JJ + dd ) JJ )] where: cos(nn where: dd NJJ d + where: = 8.87 ) 360 / cos(2nn [ ] for dd a regular JJ where: ) year and /366 cos(3nn = dd [ ] for a leap year; N J number of the d = 360 /365 = [ ] for a regular year and 360 /366 = [ ] for a leap N day in the year. N J number of the day in the year. d = 360 /365 = [ ] for a regular year and 3 d = 360 /365 = [ ] for a regular year and 360 /366 = [ ] d 360 /366 = for [ ] a for leap a leap year; year; J number of the day in the year. The solar hour J angle was calculated using the following formula (Hartmann 1994; Kędziora 1999): The number solar hour of the angle day was in calculated the year [ ] for a regular year and 360 /366 = using the following formula (Hartmann 1994; Kędzior The solar [ ] hour for a angle leap was year; calculated using the following for e formula day in (Hartmann the year. 1994; Kędziora 1999): cos h 0 = tan φφ tan δδ The solar hour angle was calculated cos h 0 using = tanthe φφ following tan δδ formula cos h 0 = tan φφ t calculated tan δδ The using (Hartmann annual the following sum 1994; of extraterrestrial formula Kędziora (Hartmann 1999): solar radiation, 1994; Kędziora 53 o N, amounted 1999): to MJ. m -2 (Table 3) The annual sum of extraterrestrial solar radiation, 53 o N, amounted The greatest global solar radiation was seen, as is typical, in June (1241.1MJ. m -2 to MJ. m The annual sum of extraterrestrial solar ), whereas radiation, the The greatest global solar radiation smallest occurred in December (187.1 MJ. m -2 was seen, as is typical, in June (1241.1MJ. m -2 5 ),, 53 o N, amounted cos hto MJ. m -2 (Table 3). ). smallest 0 = tan φφ tan δδ The greatest occurred in December (187.1 MJ. m -2 global solar radiation was seen, as is typi ). pical, in June (1241.1MJ. m -2 ), whereas the smallest occurred in December (187.1 MJ. m -2 ). of Table extraterrestrial 3. Monthly and annual sums of extraterrestrial solar radiation K 0 (53 o N) at the selected points in Toruń Table solar 3. Monthly radiation, and 53 annual o N, amounted sums of extraterrestrial to MJ solar. m -2 radiation (Table 3). K 0 (53 o N) at the selected po ar radiation and was its suburb The seen, annual in The share of radiation the ground surface in relation to K 0 is expressed as a and as its is sum suburb typical, of extraterrestrial Table 3. Monthly and annual sums of extraterrestrial solar radiat in in June The share (1241.1MJ solar of radiation. mradiation, -2 ), at whereas 53 o N, the ground the amounted to surface in relation to K 0 is e ember iation K 0 (187.1 (53 percentage o MJ N). at m -2 the ). percentage selected. m -2 (Table points 3). in The Toruń greatest global and its suburb solar radiation in The was share seen, of radiation as is at the gro round surface in typical, relation in to June K 0 (1241.1MJ is expressed. mas -2 a ), whereas percentage the smallest occurred in December al sums of extraterrestrial K 0 KON LO1 OME BAR Month (187.1 MJ solar. m -2 ). K 0 radiation K 0 (53 KON o N) at the selected points LO1 in Toruń OME 012. The share of MJ Month radiation. m -2 at MJ the. -2 % MJ. m -2 K 0 % MJ. m -2 KON % MJ. m -2 LO1 % MJ. ground m -2 surface MJ. m -2 in relation to K 0 is % MJ. expressed m -2 as a % MJ. m -2 % MJ. m J OME BAR Month J MJ m MJ. m % 36.7 MJ. m % F MJ. m % F MJ. m % 54.6 J KON M LO OME M F BAR MJ m A % 29.9 MJ. m % 19.4 MJ. m A M % MJ. m % M M A M
14 40 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Table 3. Monthly and annual sums of extraterrestrial solar radiation K 0 (53 o N) at the selected points in Toruń and its suburb in The share of radiation at the ground surface in relation to K 0 is expressed as a percentage Month K 0 KON LO1 OME BAR MJ. m -2 MJ. m -2 % MJ. m -2 % MJ. m -2 % MJ. m -2 % J F M A M J J A S O N D Year The annual course of the amount of K varies throughout the year (Table 3, Fig. 6). The greatest transmission of K occurs in spring (in May 54.3% at KON, 50.0% at OME and 38.6% at LO1 and 41.8 at BAR). This is a result of both the cloud cover and the optical characteristics of the atmosphere, especially dust and water vapour content, which themselves depend among other things on the type of incoming air masses (Wójcik 1996; Uscka 2004).
15 especially SPATIAL dust and water DIFFERENTIATION vapour content, which OF GLOBAL themselves SOLAR depend among RADIATION... other things on 41 the type of incoming air masses (Wójcik 1996; Uscka 2004). Fig. 6. The annual course of daily sums of global extraterrestrial solar radiation, 53ºN (ATMOS), and at KON in 2012 Figure 6. The annual course of daily sums of global extraterrestrial solar radiation, 53ºN (ATMOS), and at KON in Spatial diversity of K Spatial in an annual diversity course of K in an annual course The values of solar in Toruń and its suburbs in 2012 were diverse. The The values of solar radiation recorded in Toruń and its suburbs in 2012 were greatest annual sum of K occurred in the suburban area and reached MJ. m -2 at KON and diverse MJ. The m -2 at greatest KRO. The annual smallest K sum was of found K to occurred be typical of in the city suburban centre (LO1), area at and MJ. m -2, and also of the forest (BAR), at MJ. m -2 (Table 4). reached MJ. m -2 at KON and MJ. m -2 at KRO. The smallest K was Table 4. found Monthly to and be yearly typical sums of global the solar city radiation centre (in(lo1), MJ. m -2 ) in at Toruń and its MJ suburban. m -2, area and in 2012 also of the forest (BAR), at MJ. m -2 (Table 4). Toruń Suburb area The transmission of K in relation to extraterrestrial solar radiation Month OME BAR BOR LO1 MAN PSK RMA SAL ZOO KON KRO ZLO is also varied. More energy CNR4 reaches V Pro+ the suburban areas, such as the KON with J 44.8% 36.7 of 64.9 the 25.7 potential 60.8 irradiance, and - less 49.4 is observed in the 68.0 city 70.8 centre - F (LO1) with a mere 29.9% (Table 3). M At all points, the greatest monthly sums of solar radiation were determined in May 2012 and ranged from MJ. m -2 at LO1, to MJ. m -2 at KON. This is connected with low cloudiness in that month (3.7 on a scale of 0 to 8) (Fig. 7). May also saw the greatest transmission of radiation through the atmosphere, reaching 54.3% of the potential irradiance at KON, and 38.6% at LO1. A M J J A S O N D Year
16 Table 4. Monthly and yearly sums of global solar radiation (in MJ. m -2 ) in Toruń and its suburban area in 2012 Toruń Suburb area Month BAR BOR LO1 MAN OME PSK RMA SAL ZOO KON KRO ZLO CNR4 V Pro+ J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
17 The transmission of K in relation to extraterrestrial solar radiation is also varied. More energy reaches the suburban areas, such as the KON with 44.8% of the potential irradiance, and less is observed in the city centre (LO1) with a mere 29.9% (Table 3). At all points, the greatest monthly sums of solar radiation were determined in May 2012 and ranged SPATIAL from DIFFERENTIATION MJ. m -2 at LO1, to OF MJ. m GLOBAL -2 at KON. SOLAR This is connected RADIATION... with low cloudiness 43 in that month (3.7 on a scale of 0 to 8) (Fig. 7). May also saw the greatest transmission of radiation through the atmosphere, reaching 54.3% of the potential irradiance at KON, and 38.6% at LO1. Fig. 7. Course of monthly sums of global solar radiation (MJ. m -2 ) at selected stands and cloudiness (C on a scale Fig. 7. of Course 0 8) in Toruń of monthly in 2012 sums of global solar radiation (MJ. m -2 ) at selected stands and cloudiness (C on a scale of 0 8) in Toruń in 2012 In June, when the sun reaches its highest position over the horizon and when the day is longest, lower values of K were recorded: MJ. m -2 and MJ. m -2 at the LO1 and KON, respectively. In June, This when was the due sun to the reaches substantial its cloud highest cover position in that month over (5.8). the The horizon distribution and of the when monthly the sums day of is K longest, in June is lower presented values in Figure of 8. K The were lowest recorded: values were typical MJ for. mdecember, -2 and when the sums MJ of. mk -2 ranged at the from LO and MJ. m -2 KON, at the BAR respectively. to 55.8 MJ. mthis -2 at KRO. was This due is also to when the lowest transmission of radiation through the atmosphere occurred; only 24.9% of the potential the solar substantial energy reached cloud the ground cover surface in that KON, month and even (5.8). less, 12.9%, The distribution at LO1 (Table 3). of the monthly sums of K in June is presented in Figure 8. The lowest values were typical for December, when the sums of K ranged from 22.5 MJ. m -2 at the BAR to 55.8 MJ. m -2 at KRO. This is also when the lowest transmission of radiation through the atmosphere occurred; only 24.9% of the potential solar energy reached the ground surface at KON, and even less, 12.9%, at LO1 (Table 3).
18 44 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Fig. 8. Monthly sums of solar radiation (in MJ. m -2 ) in Toruń and its suburbs in June and December 2012: 1 Measurement points; 2 Administrative boundary of the city; 3 The Vistula River The annual course of K reveals a correlation between the length of day, the apparent height of the sun over the horizon, and the cloudiness which restricts the influx of solar energy. The greatest diurnal sums of K were observed on 28 May and ranged from MJ. m -2 at LO1 to MJ. m -2 at KON. In winter, K was lower than 0.5 MJ. m -2 (0.04 MJ. m -2 on 12 January at OME), and 0.20 MJ. m -2 at KON (Fig. 9). Fig. 8. Monthly sums of solar radiation (in MJ. m -2 ) in Toruń and its suburbs in June and December 2012: 1 Measurement points; 2 Administrative boundary of the city; 3 The Vistula River The annual course of K reveals a correlation between the length of day, the apparent height of the sun over the horizon, and the cloudiness which restricts the influx of solar energy. The greatest diurnal sums of K were observed on 28 May and ranged from MJ. m -2 at LO1 to MJ. m -2 at KON. In winter, K was lower than 0.5 MJ. m -2 (0.04 MJ. m -2 on 12 January at OME), and 0.20 MJ. m -2 at KON (Fig. 9).
19 SPATIAL DIFFERENTIATION OF GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION ig. 9. Annual course Fig Annual of Annual cloudiness course course of cloudiness (C) of cloudiness (C) Toruń Toruń (WRZ) (C) in Toruń and solar (WRZ) global and radiation radiation solar at the global OME at the radiation and OME LO1 and LO1 in at 2012 in 2012 the OME and LO1 in 2012 In all months, there is a negative correlation between K and cloudiness. The influence of clouds is the most evident in June, when the sun is at its highest over the horizon (Figure 10). In all months, In all there months, is a there negative is a negative correlation correlation between between K and K cloudiness. and cloudiness. The influence of louds is the most The evident influence June, of clouds when is the the sun most is at evident its highest in June, over the when horizon the sun (Figure is at its 10). highest over the horizon (Fig. 10). Fig. 10. Relation between diurnal values of cloudiness (WRZ) and global solar radiation in OME in March (MAR), June (JUN), September (SEP) and December (DEC) 2012 Spatial diversity of K in a diurnal course In a diurnal course, the values of K change from sunrise to sunset and with the apparent height of the sun over the horizon. A regular diurnal course of K is disturbed by cloudiness and other atmospheric phenomena, particularly fog, blizzards and air pollution in the vicinity of the ig. 10. Relation Fig. measurement between 10. Relation diurnal points. between In values an urban of diurnal environment cloudiness values the (WRZ) of area cloudiness surrounding and global (WRZ) the solar location and radiation of global the measuring solar OME in March (MAR), instruments June (JUN), radiation is important September in (horizon OME (SEP) in obstruction). March and December (MAR), The influence (DEC) June of (JUN), obstacles 2012 September is especially evident (SEP) at and low solar angles, i.e. in the winter season. December (DEC) 2012 patial diversity of K in a diurnal course In a diurnal course, the values of K change from sunrise to sunset and with the apparent
20 46 M. Kejna, J. Uscka-Kowalkowska, A. Araźny, M. Kunz, R. Maszewski, R. Przybylak Spatial diversity of K in a diurnal course In a diurnal course, the values of K change from sunrise to sunset and with the apparent height of the sun over the horizon. A regular diurnal course of K is disturbed by cloudiness and other atmospheric phenomena, particularly fog, blizzards and air pollution in the vicinity of the measurement points. In an urban environment the area surrounding the location of the measuring instruments is important (horizon obstruction). The influence of obstacles is especially evident at low solar angles, i.e. in the winter season. Figure 11 shows averaged diurnal courses of K in selected months at three of the points. The most regular course can be seen at KON, which was situated in an open space. The highest values of K occur in the midday hours, reaching, on average, 600 Wm -2 in June, but just Wm -2 in December. The points where the horizon was more obscured revealed disturbances in the diurnal course of K, e.g. at BAR (situated in a forest clearing), where K decreases noticeably in the afternoon, when the point lies in shade (Fig. 3). Conversely, a distinctly limited value of K was observed at LO1 in the morning, due to the easterly obstruction of its horizon (Figs 2 and 3). The variation of the K that results from the obstruction of the horizon occurs in all seasons of the year. Diffuse radiation prevails on winter days with substantial cloud cover: diffuse radiation is not as dependent on the openness of the horizon as direct solar radiation is. Each measurement point s data reveal a correlation with local terrain obstacles. On individual days, the influence of cloudiness on the spatial diversity of K is also evident. Figure 12 presents the courses of K at the time of the summer solstice, when irradiance is highest. Nevertheless, the sky was overcast on 21 June 2012, thus the greatest values of K ranged from 96 Wm -2 (LO1) to 192 Wm -2 (KON). The course of K was uniform and differences among the individual points were negligible. On the other hand, on 28 June 2012 the cloud cover was sparse, with the occasional occurrence of Cu clouds. The maximum intensity of K ranged from 682 Wm -2 (BAR) to 922 Wm -2 (KON) and 947 Wm -2 (OME). On that day, significant differences among the points occurred, for example, at 08:00, K reached 624 Wm -2 at KON, but only 77 Wm -2 at LO1. The appearance of clouds at 14:00 resulted in a substantial decrease of K at KON, but an increase of 300 Wm -2 was observed at the same time at LO1, where the sun was shining.
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