[GRASS-user] From Landsat radiance (W/m2*sr*µm) to Global horizontal irradiance (W/m2) for mere mortals...

Andrés Oswaldo Calderón Romero aocalderon at udenar.edu.co
Wed Jun 17 09:41:46 PDT 2015

Hello list,

We are working in a solar energy project to locate potential sites for solar panel farms. We are using the Landsat 7 panchromatic band to derive radiance with i.landsat.toar (W/m2*sr*µm units). Now, we have access to some ground data from sensors measuring global horizontal irradiance (GHI) which output is in W/m2 units.  I would like to compare these datasets for validation, so, my question is rather simple: ¿Is there a way to convert radiance in W/m2*sr*µm to irradiance in W/m2?

I have read in [1] that radiance = irradiance / π, but I don't completely understand, also, this doesn't take the spectral part (µm) into account.  I will very appreciate any further explanation about this... thank you very much in advance!!!

[1] http://earth.esa.int/landtraining07/D1LB3-Su.pdf


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