Solar Irradiance Depiction via Interactive Dashboard / Las Vegas, NV

Project Name: Solar Irradiance Depiction via Interactive Dashboard / Las Vegas, NV


How to Operate:

To operate this visualization, hover over the main chart to preview data values in the tooltip labels and interactive graphics. Once you are hovering over data you would like to view in depth, click to update the full table of values.


Project Description:

This visualization describes the solar irradiance data collected at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), which has been made possible through a partnership between the university, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


The data displayed in this interactive dashboard consists of raw and calcluated irradiance data, measured in watts per square meter (W/m^2), and ancillary meteorological data collected from nearby instruments.


Data such as this can be used to continually monitor and model the effects of natural phenomena locally, such as how the smoke downwind of wildfire areas can affect visibility, solar energy production, and the local microclimate in real time.


We can also use this data to correlate values among multi-domain datasets from external agencies, such as analyzing how the risk of accidents while driving at a certain time of day relates to the fluctuation in solar irradiance, or how these irradiance values relate to the local water table height over time.


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Developer(s): Nicholas VanCise, University of Nevada-Las Vegas


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Original Posting Date: 12 September 2020