A new Poland Climate Solar Atlas based on CM SAF climate data records has been officially released.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
The climate atlas is the result of the joint Baltic Solar Radiation Initiative. The initiative was set up in 2014 during the EUMETSAT Climate Symposium, by enthusiastic, young scientists working at the national meteorological services of Poland (IMGW-PIB), Lithuania (LHMT), Latvia (LVĢMC) and Estonia (ESTEA).
The primary objective of the initiative was to create a solar radiation climate atlas for the Baltic States and surrounding areas, based on satellite climate records provided by the CM SAF.
The Climate Solar Atlas for Poland is a follow-up of the analogical Climate Solar Atlas for the Baltic Republics, which was released in November 2015. It was implemented by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute (IMGW-PIB).
A surface solar radiation dataset called SARAH, based on observations of MVIRI and SEVIRI instruments on board Meteosat satellites, was used.
Despite different mapping approaches, the same colour scales and value intervals were used to ensure comparability between both atlases. Final maps were created with the use of climate mapping tool and, like the Baltic atlas, the Poland version has 2,646 maps.
Further details on how both atlases were created can be found in the Mapping surface solar radiation over Poland and the Baltic countries case study.