Broadband Outdoor Radiometer Calibration (BORCAL) Process for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program: Second Edition

Afshin Andreas, Mark Kutchenreiter, Ibrahim Reda, Marta Stoddard, Manajit Sengupta, Aron Habte

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program (ARM) maintains a fleet of monitoring stations to aid in the improved scientific understanding of the basic physics related to radiative feedback processes in the atmosphere, particularly the interactions among clouds and aerosols. ARM obtains continuous measurements and conducts field campaigns to provide data products that aid in the improvement and further development of climate models. All of the measurement campaigns include a suite of solar measurements. The Solar Radiation Research Laboratory at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory supports ARM's full suite of stations in a number of ways, including troubleshooting issues that arise as part of the data-quality reviews; managing engineering changes to the standard setup; and providing calibration services and assistance to the full fleet of solar-related instruments, including pyranometers, pyrgeometers, pyrheliometers, as well as the temperature/relative humidity probes, multimeters, and data acquisition systems that are used in the calibrations performed at the Southern Great Plains Radiometer Calibration Facility. This paper discusses all aspects related to the support provided to the calibration of the instruments in the solar monitoring fleet.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages54
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This second edition was preceded by the first edition, NREL/TP-5D00-65035

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5D00-71476


  • aerosols
  • ARM
  • atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Radiation Measurement
  • Broadband Outdoor Radiometer Calibration
  • clouds
  • radiative feedback
  • Solar Radiation Research Laboratory
  • SRRL


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