You’ve seen the Global DLI app that uses satellite data from the NASA POWER Agroclimatology dataset to show a summary of photosynthetically active radiation—expressed as the daily light integral, or DLI—for the past year at any location.
A previous post showed photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) data in units of daily totals—the daily light integral (DLI). That post included a chart with a locally smoothed regression line through it.
The PPFD (photosynthetic photon flux density) every 5 minutes for a day, week, month, and year at Corvallis looks like this. I’m not so interested in the PPFD when the temperatures are too cold or too hot for photosynthesis.
Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) provides the energy for plants to grow. Unlike temperature or precipitation data, which are readily available, it is less common to see the numbers or charts for PAR.
Sean Heath wrote with this question:
“do you or anyone else know of data being tracked for sunlight or cloud cover? Specifically how much sunlight did Northern VA receive this year with all the rain and cloud cover?
I’ve been asked about zoysia suitability for California, particularly northern parts of California, many times. Every time, I give the same answer. In such a relatively cool climate, and in such a relatively sunny and dry climate, Cynodon seems like a much better choice.
James Faust and Joanne Logan wrote a review of daily light integral (DLI) in the September issue of HortScience.
They have also prepared high resolution maps of the United States. If you click on a location on the map, a table and chart will display with the average annual and monthly DLI.