Annual Solar Radiation 1971-2000



MD_Metadata: fileIdentifier: Agriculture.GDB.AgriculturalLandResourceAtlas2005_AnnualSolarRadiation19712000_20170918 language: LanguageCode: eng characterSet: MD_CharacterSetCode: utf8 hierarchyLevel: MD_ScopeCode: dataset contact: CI_ResponsibleParty: organisationName: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta positionName: Environmental Stewardship Branch, GIS Unit contactInfo: CI_Contact: phone: CI_Telephone: voice: 403-742-7901 address: CI_Address: deliveryPoint: 7000 – 113 St city: Edmonton administrativeArea: Alberta postalCode: T6H 5T6 country: Country: CA electronicMailAddress: duke@gov.ab.ca hoursOfService: 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday except for statutory holidays contactInstructions: Questions regarding the metadata for this data set submitted through electronic mail must include the salutation “Attention: Geographic Information Systems Lead (currently David Spiess, david.spiess@gova.b.ca or in his absence: David Hildebrand, david.hildebrand@gov.ab.ca; or Karen Raven, karen.raven@gov.ab.ca) – Annual Solar Radiation” role: CI_RoleCode: publisher dateStamp: 2017-12-04 metadataStandardName: NAP - Metadata metadataStandardVersion: 1.2 dataSetURI: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex10305 referenceSystemInfo: MD_ReferenceSystem: referenceSystemIdentifier: RS_Identifier: authority: CI_Citation: title: EPSG Geodetic Parameter Registry date: CI_Date: date: 2016-07-13 dateType: CI_DateTypeCode: publication citedResponsibleParty: CI_ResponsibleParty: organisationName: OGP Geomatics Committee contactInfo: missing role: CI_RoleCode: custodian code: 3400 codeSpace: EPSG version: 8.6.2 identificationInfo: MD_DataIdentification: citation: CI_Citation: title: Annual Solar Radiation 1971-2000 date: CI_Date: date: 2005-09-01 dateType: CI_DateTypeCode: publication citedResponsibleParty: CI_ResponsibleParty: organisationName: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta positionName: Environmental Stewardship Branch, GIS Unit contactInfo: CI_Contact: phone: CI_Telephone: voice: 403-742-7901 address: CI_Address: deliveryPoint: 7000 – 113 St city: Edmonton administrativeArea: Alberta postalCode: T6H 5T6 country: Country: CA electronicMailAddress: duke@gov.ab.ca hoursOfService: 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday except for statutory holidays contactInstructions: Queries about the creation and/or characteristics of the data set submitted through electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Geographic Information Systems Lead (currently David Spiess, david.spiess@gova.b.ca or in his absence: David Hildebrand, david.hildebrand@gov.ab.ca; or Karen Raven, karen.raven@gov.ab.ca) – Annual Solar Radiation” role: CI_RoleCode: originator presentationForm: CI_PresentationFormCode: tableDigital abstract: The data represents the annual solar radiation in Alberta over the 30-year period from 1971 to 2000. A 30-year period is use to describe the present climate since it is enough time to filter out short-term fluctuation by is not dominated by any long-term trend in the climate. Daily total incoming solar radiation is measured in megajoules per square metre (MJ/m2). Southern Alberta receives the greatest amount of annual global solar radiation with the amount gradually decreasing as you move farther north. However, cropping is successful in the northern (Peace River) area of Alberta because the longer summer day length helps compensate for the less intense solar radiation. Cloud cover in the mountains will reduce the amount of solar radiation received there.The amount of solar radiation received at the earth’s surface varies with two factors that depend on latitude: the angle of the sun’s rays and the hours of daylight. The distance from the equator, and therefore the intensity of the sun’s radiation has the greatest effect on climate. Canada’s position in the northern portion of the earth’s northern hemisphere means that it receives less solar radiation compared to countries near the equator. The northward decrease in solar radiation is also noticeable within Alberta. Temperatures are generally higher in southern Alberta in comparison to northern Alberta because the south receives more solar radiation. This resource was created using ArcGIS. purpose: Provides users with representation of solar radiation. The data is suitable for indexing and analysis purposes. Producers use climate information, including solar radiation, as a long-term planning tool. For example, in selecting a location for a farm or planning a cropping program, this information is important. Knowing that southern Alberta receives more solar radiation, making temperatures generally higher there, will affect the copping choices and management option available. By combining knowledge of the agricultural operation with knowledge of what is likely to happen (climate), the producer can then decide on the acceptable level of risk due to adverse conditions. status: MD_ProgressCode: completed resourceMaintenance: MD_MaintenanceInformation: maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency: MD_MaintenanceFrequencyCode: asNeeded descriptiveKeywords: MD_Keywords: keyword: Alberta type: MD_KeywordTypeCode: place descriptiveKeywords: MD_Keywords: keyword: plant production keyword: climate-smart agriculture keyword: cropping systems keyword: weather keyword: sunlight type: MD_KeywordTypeCode: theme thesaurusName: CI_Citation: title: Agrovoc date: CI_Date: date: 2016-01-21 dateType: CI_DateTypeCode: revision citedResponsibleParty: missing descriptiveKeywords: MD_Keywords: keyword: Downloadable Data thesaurusName: uuidref: 723f6998-058e-11dc-8314-0800200c9a66 resourceConstraints: MD_LegalConstraints: useConstraints: MD_RestrictionCode: license otherConstraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information , found at http://open.alberta.ca/licence resourceConstraints: MD_LegalConstraints: accessConstraints: MD_RestrictionCode: otherRestrictions otherConstraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta found at http://open.alberta.ca/licence resourceConstraints: MD_LegalConstraints: useLimitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. resourceConstraints: MD_SecurityConstraints: classification: MD_ClassificationCode: unclassified userNote: Unrestricted under Government of Alberta Security Classification System classificationSystem: Government of Alberta Security Classification System handlingDescription: http://www.im.gov.ab.ca/documents/publications/InfoSecurityClassification.pdf spatialRepresentationType: MD_SpatialRepresentationTypeCode: vector spatialResolution: MD_Resolution: equivalentScale: MD_RepresentativeFraction: denominator: 3000000 language: LanguageCode: eng characterSet: MD_CharacterSetCode: utf8 topicCategory: MD_TopicCategoryCode: climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere topicCategory: MD_TopicCategoryCode: farming environmentDescription: Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.3.1.4959 extent: EX_Extent: geographicElement: EX_GeographicBoundingBox: extentTypeCode: true westBoundLongitude: -120.001515 eastBoundLongitude: -110.004998 southBoundLatitude: 48.996832 northBoundLatitude: 60.000353 temporalElement: EX_TemporalExtent: extent: gml:TimePeriod: gml:beginPosition: 1971-01-01T00:00:00 gml:endPosition: 2000-01-01T00:00:00 extent: EX_Extent: geographicElement: EX_GeographicBoundingBox: extentTypeCode: true westBoundLongitude: -120.902378 eastBoundLongitude: -108.443844 southBoundLatitude: 48.894852 northBoundLatitude: 60.097731 distributionInfo: MD_Distribution: distributionFormat: MD_Format: name: SDE Raster Dataset version: missing distributionFormat: MD_Format: name: GDB version: ArcGIS 10.3.1 distributor: MD_Distributor: distributorContact: CI_ResponsibleParty: organisationName: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta positionName: Environmental Stewardship Branch, GIS Unit contactInfo: CI_Contact: phone: CI_Telephone: voice: 403-742-7901 address: CI_Address: deliveryPoint: 7000 – 113 St city: Edmonton administrativeArea: Alberta postalCode: T6H 5T6 country: Country: CA electronicMailAddress: duke@gov.ab.ca hoursOfService: 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday except for statutory holidays contactInstructions: Queries about the distribution of the data set may be addressed to Geographic Information Systems Lead (currently David Spiess, david.spiess@gova.b.ca or in his absence: David Hildebrand, david.hildebrand@gov.ab.ca; or Karen Raven, karen.raven@gov.ab.ca role: CI_RoleCode: distributor distributionOrderProcess: MD_StandardOrderProcess: orderingInstructions: PDF of the map can be downloaded from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website at http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex10300 There are also KML and SHP files available for download through the online transfer options listed. transferOptions: MD_DigitalTransferOptions: onLine: CI_OnlineResource: linkage: URL: https://maps.alberta.ca/genesis/rest/services/Agricultural_Land_Resource_Atlas/Latest/MapServer/ protocol: https name: REST onLine: CI_OnlineResource: linkage: URL: https://maps.alberta.ca/genesis/services/Agricultural_Land_Resource_Atlas/Latest/MapServer/WMSServer protocol: HTTPS name: WMS onLine: CI_OnlineResource: linkage: URL: https://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/agdex/thematic-data/Annual_Solar_Radiation_1971-2000.kmz protocol: HTTPS name: KML onLine: CI_OnlineResource: linkage: URL: https://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/agdex/thematic-data/Annual_Solar_Radiation_1971-2000.zip protocol: https name: ZIP dataQualityInfo: DQ_DataQuality: scope: DQ_Scope: level: MD_ScopeCode: dataset lineage: LI_Lineage: statement: The number of weather stations in Alberta that collect solar radiation data is very limited. This makes the interpolated pattern less reliable than if data was received from more locations in the province. processStep: LI_ProcessStep: description: The synoptic weather stations, which collect weather data over a broad area at a single given time, collect data to measure solar radiation. These stations report near real-time (hourly, 6-hourly and daily) automated weather information used to prepare weather forecasts and in calculating climatic information. Few Alberta stations measure solar radiation, therefore, calculation of the likely values between the points (stations) where measurements are taken is done by interpolation.
                  
The data collected by Environment Canada and the United States National Climate Data Center weather stations, over the 30 years period, was interpolated across the province and converted in to vector format. Solar radiation was calculated for each township of Alberta using an interpolation process. In order to avoid the blocky appearance of townships on the map, a township generalization was produced using smoothing procedures of computer graphics software for final presentation on the map. source: LI_Source: description: Annual Solar Radiation of Alberta sourceCitation: CI_Citation: title: Agroclimactic Atlas of Alberta, 1971 to 2000 date: CI_Date: date: 2003-09-09 dateType: CI_DateTypeCode: publication identifier: MD_Identifier: code: Agdex 071-1 citedResponsibleParty: CI_ResponsibleParty: individualName: Chetner, S. and the Agroclimactic Atlas Working Group contactInfo: missing role: CI_RoleCode: author citedResponsibleParty: CI_ResponsibleParty: organisationName: Alberta Agriculture and Food contactInfo: CI_Contact: address: CI_Address: city: Edmonton administrativeArea: Alberta role: CI_RoleCode: publisher otherCitationDetails: Paper copies (Agdex 071-1) are available from the AF Publications office in Edmonton by calling (780) 427-0391, or 1-800-292-5697 toll-free in Canada. metadataMaintenance: MD_MaintenanceInformation: maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency: MD_MaintenanceFrequencyCode: notPlanned
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