Climatology: The minimum available insolation over a consecutive p-day period (p=1, 3, 7, 14, or 21 days) in a particular month is given as the % difference between the minimum monthly average value over the p-day period and the monthly average value for the p-day period. The p-day average is computed as a running average within each month. The monthly average for the p-day period is calculated as a multiyear average over the climatological period given in the header section of the data file.
Now the Unit is kW-hr/m^2/day.
How should we interpret this new unit? Is it the minimum cumulative amount of insolation expected over p-days? Is it the difference of cumulative insolation between minimum and average values over p-days? Or should we interpret this information differently.
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Yes, there was a change in the consecutive p-day period parameters; we now provide the insolation value not a percentage. We have updated the parameter definitions to reflect this change.
The value is the cumulative minimum amount of insolation over the p-days period.
Since we now provide the insolation value, the percentage can be calculated following the example below:
INSOL_CONSEC_07_MIN / INSOL_CONSEC_07 = %
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When I select "Insolation Over A Consecutive p-day Period" I get INSOL_CONSEC_07 but it is described as "Surplus Insolation Over a Consecutive p-day Period" which is defined as:
"Available Surplus Insolation Over A Consecutive p-day period in a particular month is given as the irradiance value between the maximum monthly average value over the p-day period and the monthly average value for the p-day period. The p-day average is computed as a running average within each month. The monthly average for the p-day period is calculated as a multiyear average over the climatological period given in the header section of the data file."
Is this definition correct? Why would I divide by the surplus insolation between average a max when I am looking for the percentage difference between MIN and Average insolation over p-days?
The POWER team has advised that they are still evaluating your additional questions and will provide a response soon.
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