Calculation of global radiation from DIF and DIR (SumSW)

Global radiation (SumSW) can be calculated in the following way:

SumSW = DIF + DIR * cos(z)

SumSW = calculated global radiation

DIF = diffuse sky radiation

DIR = direct normal radiation

z = solar zenith angle

The solar zenith angle can be calculated for any given time and location. Within the BSRN Toolbox ( several option are offered. Additionally, a quick method to compare SumSW with SW is described here. Results can be found at: