Solar Radiation Profiles in Openings in Canopies of Aspen and Oak

Science  18 Apr 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3877, pp. 308-309
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3877.308


Vertical profiles of solar radiation in openings in forest canopies showed increasing solar radiation with depth in Colorado, but not in Minnesota. A model was developed and tested to calculate solar radiation in openings from the incoming direct and sky radiation and from the depth and diameter of the opening. The increase occurs only with high direct and low sky radiation. The model may explain the geographic and seasonal distribution of the solar radiation profiles and the lack of such observations previously.