Table 1.

Sites of 1° × 1° included in the configurations in Fig. 1 and their basic characteristics

NameSites*SitesMaximum night hours, hMaximum, minimum insolation, kWh⋅m−2⋅d−1
MojaveMojave desert1149.49,0.35
NA3Three North American deserts: Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahuan3149.05,1.05
PA6NA3 and Atacama, Bolivia Litoral, Catamarca697.3,3.1
PA8PA6 and two tropical sites: Caatinga, Sechura I887.15,3.41
PA11PA8 and southern extension: Catamarca, Peru Interoceanica, Sechura II1187.31,3.94
PA18PA11 and seven additional sites for extended geographic distribution (locations 1, 10, 18, 23, 33, 53, and 69 in Table S1)1876.51,2.35
  • Size of sites is 1° × 1° ∼111.1 km × cosinus(radians(latitude)) × 40,000 km, i.e., at 0° 111.1 km × 111.1 km = 12,345 km2, or at 36° 111.1 × 90 km = ∼10,000 km2.

  • * Details in SI Materials and Methods and Table S1.