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So I'm running the area solar radiation tool using the time configuration and other parameters as seen here:

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By selecting the "Create outputs for each interval" checkbox, the global radiation raster that is output contains 12 bands. My questions are:
1. How do I know which bands correspond to which hours of the day?
2. How do I separate the 12 bands into their own individual rasters?

I've browsed ESRI's geonet forum on the topic but couldn't find anything helpful

  • We have several questions on extracting bands, such as gis.stackexchange.com/questions/63689 or gis.stackexchange.com/questions/11150 or gis.stackexchange.com/questions/85895 I'm not familiar with the tool, but I would expect the bands to be ordered chronologically. Based on the help, I do find it odd you're getting 12 bands for a 24 hour period with a 1 hour interval (I would expect 24), unless it's only producing one band for all hours with no exposure. – Chris W Mar 17 '15 at 20:49
  • As per the Tour there should be only one question asked per question. – PolyGeo Sep 27 '16 at 5:11
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    This is a clear and pertinent question. Users focused in the second part of the question which has been answered multiple times as @Chris W points out. However no one has addressed the main mystery that is still present in current versions of ArcGIS desktop and Pro. When creating multiple outputs for a day sometimes you cannot know what bands are from each time step since I'm guessing the tool skips all hours with no radiation. I just have encountered the same issue running a whole day with 0.5 hour interval. It outputs a multiband raster of 30 bands that are just named "Band_1" to "Band_30" – Albert Oct 15 at 7:04
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You can add separate bands to map by double clicking on raster in Add data window or by clicking on the plus button next to the raster in arc catalogue and dragging separate bands to the map. You can then export them into separate files. The bands are also numbered so in my opinion each number should correspond to each interval.

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