Journal of Geography and Social Sciences https://www.jgss.com.pk/ojs/jgss <p style="text-align: justify;">The Journal of Geography and Social Sciences (JGSS) is an international, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal that publishes rapid publication of substantive and integrative research articles in all areas of geography and social sciences. It was inaugurated on 1st September 2019 and published its First Issue in December 2019. This journal is published online bi-annually in the months of June and December by Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Balochistan, Quetta. It is an open access journal, free for readers.</p> <p>We provide a supportive and accessible services for our authors throughout the publishing process. The summary of facts about JGSS is as follows;</p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Recognition: Journal of Geography and Social Sciences (JGSS) is not yet recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) because it is a newly launched journal however, we intend to apply for recognition after publishing its due volumes. Currently, JGSS follows Y-category peer review process as per HEC guidelines.</li> <li>Quality: We are committed to the highest standards of blind peer review. The Editorial Board of the journal determines their peer review policy, while maintaining our high standards.</li> <li>Review Process: Manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed where the reviewers can see the authors’ details whereas, the authors do not know who the reviewers are.</li> <li>Rapid Publication: The first decision takes approximately 4-7 working days after submission. The review process is completed within 8 weeks. Acceptance to publications are undertaken in an average of 14 working days.</li> <li>Open Access: All articles accepted for publications are open accessed in HTML and PDF formats.</li> <li>Article Processing Charges (APCs): There is no article processing charges (APCs) for publishing with JGSS (free of cost publication).</li> <li>Publishing Ethics: JGSS adheres to Committee on Public Ethics (<a href="http://publicationethics.org/">COPE</a>).</li> <li>Visibility: We are committed to increase the visibility of articles through accessing major data bases and prominent indexing agencies.</li> <li>ISSN: The JGSS is published online with an ISSN: 2708-2253.</li> <li>Copy Rights under Creative Common Attribution 4.0 International License: Articles of the JGSS are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/</a>), which allows unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.</li> </ul> Department of Geography and Regional Planning, University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan en-US Journal of Geography and Social Sciences 2708-2253 Time-Space Distribution Analysis of Direct Solar Radiation in Nigeria https://www.jgss.com.pk/ojs/jgss/article/view/4 <p><strong>Background:</strong> The paper utilizes data obtained from geostationary satellite platform to describe the seasonal and spatial distribution of direct solar radiation over Nigeria.</p> <p><strong>Objectives:</strong> The study aim to examine the geographical nature of direct solar radiation over Nigeria. <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> All data was collected from the NASA Goddard Earth Observing System – Version 1 (GEOS-1) Multiyear Assimilation Time series Data on the NOAA 17 satellite.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> Results show that direct solar radiation (DSR) increases in value from the Atlantic coast northwards, and is generally lower during the rainy season than the dry season. The northward increase was found to be almost parallel with lines of latitude although the contour lines are slightly skewed to a West-North-West to East-South-East orientation. Bivariate regression models show a direct relationship between direct solar radiation and latitude; clearness index; and average elevation above sea level, whereas an inverse relationship is shown with daily cloud amount; average daily solar angle; and average daily relative humidity.</p> <p><strong>Conclusions:</strong> Spatial distribution of daily direct solar radiation is closely related to latitude. This understanding is useful for solar energy policy development in Nigeria.</p> Olumide Onafeso Copyright (c) 2020 Journal of Geography and Social Sciences http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 2020-06-30 2020-06-30 2 1 1 17