"There were are two paths, figure out how things work or figure out to forecast things." an interview with Paul Stackhouse
Recorded February 25, 2019 Archived February 25, 2019 22:08 minutes
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DescriptionPaul Stackhouse is a sun chaser, but in his case it means measuring the surface radiation budget. This means figuring out how much sunlight gets to the surface of the planet, and takes a deep understanding of factors like cloud cover and aerosol characteristics.
“We use satellite data and information about the gas constituents of the atmosphere – aerosols, the scattering properties, absorption properties to make those computations. We try to do it long-term, so we are just coming out with a 30-year data set that we will be releasing in a few months,” he says.
The data Stackhouse uses has a number of practical applications including the tracking of climate change over the decades of monitoring they now have. But other entities such as renewable energy interests are also making use of their data on sunlight in order to build feasibility studies on good places to put up solar energy infrastructure. (Recorded 13 December 2018)