Albedo, also called solar reflectance, is defined as the ratio of the reflected to the global radiation. The solar albedo depends on the directional distribution of incoming radiation and on surface properties at ground level. Albedos of typical surfaces range from about 4 % for fresh asphalt, and 15 % for green grass to 90 % for fresh snow.
Using SRA01 is easy. The albedometer is composed of two pyranometers, the upfacing one measuring global solar radiation, the downfacing one measuring reflected solar radiation. The irradiance in W/m² in each direction is calculated by dividing the pyranometer output, a small voltage, by the sensitivity. The sensitivity of both pyranometers, model SR01, is provided on the SRA01 product certificate. The albedo is calculated by dividing the reflected radiation by the global radiation. The working principle and specifications of the pyranometers can be found in the SRA01 manual. SRA01 can be connected directly to commonly used datalogging systems.
Albedometers are used for general meteorological observations, building physics, roof reflectance studies, climate studies and solar collector testing. A common application is for outdoor solar radiation measurements as part of a meteorological station. This application requires horizontal leveling; a bubble level is included. SRA01 is made to fit a ¾ inch NPS mounting tube. SRA01 can be ordered with longer cable and optional sun screens
- Agricultural networks
- General meteorological observations
- Building physics, roof reflectance studies
Areas of Application
- Meteorology / surface energy flux measurement