Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) Solar Radiation Service (CRS)
Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation Program, provides services for various environmental topics to describe the state of the Earth. The solar radiation services support the European and national goals of the energy transition. They facilitate public as well as commercial applications in the planning, monitoring, efficiency improvement and integration of solar energy into the energy supply by means of its open data policy.
July 2021 – December 2024
European Commission / European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Institute of Networked Energy Systems
German Remote Sensing Data Center
Institute of Solar Research
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland
Transvalor S.A., France
Project Management at the Institute of Networked Energy Systems:
Dr. Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt
The Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) is implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on behalf of the European Commission. Its operational services include global reanalyses and forecasts of atmospheric composition (greenhouse gases, reactive gases, ozone, and aerosols), air quality analyses and forecasts of trace gases and particulate matter, information for policy advice on health and air quality, solar and UV radiation information for solar energy and health sector users, and data on greenhouse gas fluxes, climate forcing, and emissions.
DLR has led the development and implementation of solar radiation services during the pre-operational Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate (MACC) projects and has subsequently taken the lead for solar radiation services in CAMS-72 and now CAMS2_73. In the current project, the focus of the institute is now on service extension to other regions of the world and preparation for the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites with their improved observing capabilities. The project also aims to provide quality-controlled solar radiation data from satellite measurements, to further develop the services through research and development, and to support users. Specifically, this includes the provision of the CAMS Clear Sky and All Sky radiation services, as well as regular monitoring of input and output parameters and designation of the services to the field of view of the HIMAWARI satellites in Asia and Australia and the preparation of the service chain for the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG). Furthermore, recommendations for the improvement of algorithms and processors based on feedback from users and own evaluation results are developed and specialized user support is provided by the scientific experts.
For this purpose, the scientific staff of the institute is working, among other things, on the further development of the services with a focus on the optimal use of cloud-physical parameters for the quantitative determination of irradiation, using, for example, the APOLLO Next Generation algorithm of DLR for the derivation of cloud parameters.
Further Information on the Project CAMS2_73: