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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1335–1359, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-1335-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1335–1359, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-1335-2021

Data description paper 29 Mar 2021

Data description paper | 29 Mar 2021

Two decades of distributed global radiation time series across a mountainous semiarid area (Sierra Nevada, Spain)

Cristina Aguilar et al.

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This work presents the reconstruction of 19 years of daily, monthly, and annual global radiation maps in Sierra Nevada (Spain) derived using daily historical records from weather stations in the area and a modeling scheme that captures the topographic effects that constitute the main sources of the spatial and temporal variability of solar radiation. The generated datasets are valuable in different fields, such as hydrology, ecology, or energy production systems downstream.