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NASA Remote Sensing Validation Data: File Format

The format of the NASA Remote Sensing Validation Data files are explained in the tables below. All data files are comma-separated value ASCII files.

Annex II Data Format

The table below lists the Annex II data elements in order. Also see the flagging convention for SERI_QC.

Field # Element
1 Four-digit year
2 Month (1–12)
3 Day of the month
4 Hour of the day (0–23)
5 Minute of the hour (0–55)
6 Global horizontal irradiance, zenith angle corrected, W/m2
7 SERI_QC flag on global horizontal irradiance
8 Global horizontal irradiance, derived, W/m2
9 SERI_QC flag on derived global horizontal irradiance, always equal to 06
10 Direct normal irradiance, W/m2
11 SERI_QC flag on direct normal irradiance
12 Diffuse horizontal irradiance, W/m2
13 SERI_QC flag on diffuse horizontal irradiance
14 Air temperature, °C
15 SERI_QC flag on air temperature
16 Relative humidity, %
17 SERI_QC flag on relative humidity
18 Datalogger checksum
19 SERI_QC flag on datalogger checksum

Baseline Surface Radiation Network Data Format

The table below lists the Baseline Surface Radiation Network data elements in order. Also see the flagging convention for SERI_QC.

Field # Element
1 Four-digit year
2 Month (1–12)
3 Day of the month
4 Hour of the day (0–23)
5 Minute of the hour (0–59)
6 Global horizontal irradiance, zenith angle corrected, W/m2
7 SERI_QC flag on global horizontal irradiance
8 Global horizontal irradiance, derived, W/m2
9 SERI_QC flag on derived global horizontal irradiance, always equal to 06
10 Direct normal irradiance, W/m2
11 SERI_QC flag on direct normal irradiance
12 Diffuse horizontal irradiance, W/m2
13 SERI_QC flag on diffuse horizontal irradiance
14 Air temperature, °C
15 SERI_QC flag on air temperature
16 Relative humidity, %
17 SERI_QC flag on relative humidity
18 Downwelling longwave irradiance, W/m2
19 SERI_QC flag on downwelling longwave irradiance
20 Direct normal irradiance from absolute cavity radiometer, W/m2
21 SERI_QC flag on direct normal irradiance from absolute cavity radiometer
22 Reflected shortwave irradiance, W/m2
23 SERI_QC flag on reflected shortwave irradiance, W/m2
24 Upwelling longwave irradiance, W/m2
25 SERI_QC flag on upwelling longwave irradiance