Corsica, a region of France, is the fourth largest island (8,680 sq./km.) in the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated 170 km southeast of France, 97 km west of the mainland of Italy, and is separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio. Most of the island is a crystalline massif carved by the major rivers (Golo, Gravone, Tavignano), with frequent gorges in the mountains. Maquis, a dense, nearly impenetrable scrub brush, is the most common vegetative cover at low and medium altitudes. Forests of pine, beech, birch, and chestnut are found at higher altitudes.
A third of the population of 252,102 (1992 est.) live in the two largest towns, Ajaccio, the capital, and Bastia, both of which are on the coast. Most inhabitants speak both French (the official language) and Corsican, which is an Italian dialect.
Stations from the IDMP Network measure both daylight and solar radiation.

Clock Time: GMT+1. Summer time shift (GMT+2), from last Sunday in March,
to Saturday before last Sunday in October.

  1. Normes X35.103.

  2. "Ergonomical principles applicable to the lighting of workspaces for visual comfort", "Principes d'ergonomie visuelle applicables à l'éclairage des lieux de travail".

  3. Code du travail : décrets 83.721 et 83.722.

  4. Code de la construction : article R111.10.

  5. Code de l'urbanisme : articles R111.16 et R111.18.
  1. "Durée et fraction d'insolation en France, période 1951-1970 avec longues séries de mesures", Garnier M., Monographie n°105 de la Météorologie Nationale, 1978. ("Sunshine duration and relative sunshine duration in France, from 1951-1970").

  2. "Atlas Energétique du rayonnement solaire pour la France", Tricaud J.F., Pyc Edition, 1979. ("Solar Radiation Atlas for France").

  3. "Le gisement solaire en France : recueil de données statistiques, 1971-1980", Météorologie Nationale, 1984. ("The solar resource in France, Statistical data, 1971-1980").

  4. "Le gisement solaire en France : recueil de données quotidiennes, 1971-1980", Météorologie Nationale, 1984. ("The solar resource in France, Daily data, 1971-1980").

  5. "Atlas climatique de la construction", Chemery L., Duchene-Marullaz P. - CSTB, 1987. ("Building construction climatic atlas").

  6. "Tables de fréquences applicables aux problèmes d'éclairage et de thermique", Fournol A. - Cahiers du CSTB - Livraison n°74, 1950. ("Frequency tables usable for lighting and thermal design").

  7. "Disponibilité de la lumière du jour en France - Etablissement de données d'éclairement", Perraudeau M. - Rapport du CSTB Nantes n°91-6-R, 1991. ("Daylight availability in France-How to build illuminance data").
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