Development and evaluation of neural network models to estimate daily solar radiation at Córdoba, Argentina

Mónica Bocco, Gustavo Ovando, Silvina Sayago
2006 Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira  
The objective of this work was to develop neural network models of backpropagation type to estimate solar radiation based on extraterrestrial radiation data, daily temperature range, precipitation, cloudiness and relative sunshine duration. Data from Córdoba, Argentina, were used for development and validation. The behaviour and adjustment between values observed and estimates obtained by neural networks for different combinations of input were assessed. These estimations showed root mean
more » ... wed root mean square error between 3.15 and 3.88 MJ m-2 d-1 . The latter corresponds to the model that calculates radiation using only precipitation and daily temperature range. In all models, results show good adjustment to seasonal solar radiation. These results allow inferring the adequate performance and pertinence of this methodology to estimate complex phenomena, such as solar radiation.
doi:10.1590/s0100-204x2006000200001 fatcat:vdohtt4ptbe3lhhkqtudhbtcry