Monitoring component of solar radiation in the Arctic

Updated 2012-08-28

The World Radiation Data Center (WRDC) was established by the order of WMO in the Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory (Saint Petersburg) in 1964 to centrally collect and provide solar radiation data from the world actinometric network stations. Main gaps: Actually the acquisition of data from some Arctic stations, including Russian ones, is paused due to reconstruction of national actinometric networks. The network included in the international data exchange is sparse. Network type: • Collection of actinometric data from National Meteorological Administrations and other organizations • Processing and control of operational information • Scientific and methodological interaction with NHMS’ • Publication and distribution of bulletins “Solar Radiation and Radiation Balance. World Network”, including data access through the WRDC server • Service of users of information on solar radiation • Analysis of historical data • Creation of metadata base

Time frame

Project time span
not specified
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
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Data reporting
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Contact information

Contact person
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Head, WRDC - Anatoly Viktorovich Tsvetkov Research Officer Elena Anatolievna Samukova
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Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Arctic, Circumpolar

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

The WRDC has actinometric data from 25 Arctic stations of Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Greenland, Canada and USA for 4 radiation parameters: • Total short-wave radiation • Direct short-wave radiation • Scattered short-wave radiation • Radiation balance Radiation data obtained are accompanied by metadata including as follows: • Description of meteorological station • Information on station transfer • Information on replacement of actinometric instruments, their height and position • Horizon closeness chart • Information on changes in measurement procedure (e.g. transition to hourly observation) and information processing algorithm • Information on environmental changes near the station.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN), Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)

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