Posts Tagged ‘cadastre’

Solar Radiation Analysis test over Madrid using Open Data


Incoming solar radiation (insolation) received from the sun is the primary energy source that drives many of the earth’s physical and biological processes. Understanding its importance to landscape scales is key to understanding a broad range of natural processes and human activities.

Taking advantage of official Open Data sources (Cadastre footprints and CNIG mainly) I haver performed a preliminary solar radiation analysis test over Madrid.

With landscape scales, topography is a major factor that determines the spatial variability of insolation. Variation in elevation, orientation (slope and aspect), and shadows cast by topographic features all affect the amount of insolation received at different locations. This variability also changes with time of day and time of year and in turn contributes to variability of microclimate including factors such as air and soil temperature regimes, evapotranspiration, snow melt patterns, soil moisture, and light available for photosynthesis.

Global radiation (Globaltot) is calculated as the sum of direct (Dirtot) and diffuse (Diftot) radiation of all sun map and sky map sectors, respectively.

Globaltot = Dirtot + Diftot

This raster results below shows WH/m2 over certain period of time and can be esaily spatially joined to a vector geometry.

It makes more sense the higher the resolution.

These analysis of Solar Radiation are fashionable due to the raise of Smart Cities. Do you want me to perform a little test over?. I herewith copy a very interesting Solar analysis over a single block of buildings using Autodesk software.

Also please take a look at some of my old links on these regards.

I guess you have more than enough to start with. Right?. Let me know if you guys have some doubts!

MSc GIS and Remore Sensing

Sources: Own elaboration,,

LIDAR Madrid LAZ 20cm


Ya van varias veces en el último mes que alguien no especialista en temas geográficos-cartográficos me habla de ‘ese sistema’ de láser para saber ‘la altura del terreno’ y es que la verdad es que LIDAR parece magia. Es bastante increible que pase un avión con una tecnología invisible a ojos humanos y que se genere una nube de billones de puntos que responde al 100% a la realidad. Es tan fácil capturar el interés de la gente con cosas que se parecen tanto a las cosas que manejas a diario… la montaña de al lado de casa, el río, el edificio, la manzana…

Si además podemos ‘pintar’ esas geometrías con datos provinientes de diferentes fuentes pues el resultado está a la vista: se empieza a generalizar el interés.

Y eso, para un geógrafo culo-inquieto como yo, deseoso de explicarse y buscar aplicaciones para esto o lo otro… mola. Y mucho.

Y sie sos datos están a libre disposición de la ciudadanía bajo el espectro del Open Data o Datos Abiertos, si podemos superponer otras capas pertinentes como por ejemplo los edificios de catastro y todas sus subparcelas catalogadas… pues miel sobre hojuelas.

Aquí algunos ejemplos:





Taxing the sun?. Yes, in Spain this seems to be possible.


Absolutely ashamed by my government’s insane policies on this regards, Spain is now (…) attempting to scale back the use of solar panels – the use of which they have encouraged and subsidized over the last decade – by imposing a tax on those who use the panels. The intention is clearly to scare taxpayers into connecting to the grid in order to be taxed. The tax, however, will make it economically unfeasible for residents to produce their own energy: it will be cheaper to keep buying energy from current providers. And that is exactly the point. (…)



While we see anywhere else in the world this is being encouraged we don’t, we do exactly the opposite… but if you wonder why this could happen in a allegedly developed country like mine i herewith let you know the reason why… not to compete with other energies or more exactly other big companies providing that energy. A shame or even more than that, a fu***** shame.

So you encourage sustainability and now you discourage it?. In a country like Spain with such an incredible unemployment rate, which slowly reduces this figures at the expense of lower wages, winning competitiveness but losing anywhere else!!! (Mostly if we have cities with +3000 hours of sunshine a year!)

Anyway, trying not to get too upset after writing this words and also trying to make this makes sense in a GIS blog i will try to show you how Lon Angeles county in the US is encouraging the installation of solar panels, ranking all 2010 parcels according to wattHours per square meter. Isn’t it a politically and technically state of the art approach? Yes in my opinion it is, indeed.



Important Note.  The shapefile includes 4 fields that are summaries of the solar potential:

  1. Rank 1 – Square feet of roof receiving excellent solar input (> 1.4 million wattHours per square meter)
  2. Rank 2 – square feet of roof receiving good solar input (1.15 – 1.4 million wH/meter squared)
  3. Rank 3 – square feet of roof receiving poor solar input (950,000 – 1.15 million wH/meter squared)
  4. Rank 4 – square feet of roof receiving negligible solar input (< 950,000 million wH/meter squared)

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Kind Regards,

Alberto C.L.
MSc GIS and worried about “government insanity”.