Radiation absorbed by a vertical cylinder in complex outdoor environments under clear sky conditions Academic Article uri icon


  • Research was conducted into the estimation of radiation absorbed by a vertical cylinder in complex outdoor environments under clear sky conditions. Two methods of estimation were employed: a cylindrical radiation thermometer (CRT) and model developed by Brown and Gillespie (1986), and the weather station model. The CRT produced an integrated temperature reading from which the radiant environment could be estimated successfully given simultaneous measurements of air temperature and wind speed. The CRT estimates compared to the measured radiation gave a correlation coefficient of 0.9499, SE=19.8 W/m2, =99.9%. The physically-based equations (weather station model)require the inputs of data from a near by weather station and site characteristics to estimate radiation absorbed by a vertical cylinder. The correlation coefficient for the weather station model is 0.9529, SE=16.8 W/m2, =99.9%. This model estimates short wave and long wave radiation separately; hence, this allowed further comparison to measured values. The short wave radiation was very successfully estimated:R=0.9865, SE=10.0 W/m2, =99.9%. The long wave radiation estimates were also successful:R=0.8654, SE=15.7 W/m2, and =99.9%. Though the correlation coefficient and standard error may suggest inaccuracy to the micrometeorologist, these estimation techniques would be extremely useful as predictors of human thermal comfort which is not a precise measure buut defined by a range. The reported methods require little specialized knowledge of micrometeorology and are vehicles for the designers of outdoor spaces to measure accurately the inherent radiant environment of outdoor spaces and provide a measurement technique to simulate or model the effect of various landscape elements on planned environments. 1990 International Society of Biometeorology.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Biometeorology

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Krys, S. A., & Brown, R. D.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Krys, SA||Brown, RD

publication date

  • June 1990