Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Data description paper
25 May 2023
Data description paper |  | 25 May 2023

Ten years of 1 Hz solar irradiance observations at Cabauw, the Netherlands, with cloud observations, variability classifications, and statistics

Wouter B. Mol, Wouter H. Knap, and Chiel C. van Heerwaarden

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