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Global validation of a forecast model for irradience of solar, erythemally effective ultraviolet radiation


Schmalwieser, AW and Schauberger, G and Janouch, M and Nunez, M and Koskela, T and Berger, D and Karamanian, G and Prosek, P and Laska, K, Global validation of a forecast model for irradience of solar, erythemally effective ultraviolet radiation, Optical Engineering, 41, (12) pp. 3040-3050. ISSN 0091-3286 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1117/1.1517575


A worldwide forecast of the global solar erythemally effective UV irradiance, also called UV Index, under clear skies is presented. The forecast was established to inform the public about the expected amount of erythemally effective ultraviolet radiation for the next day. The forecast enables the user to choose the appropriate sun protection tool and to adopt the personal behavior to reduce the risk of health damage. The forecast as well as the radiation model are validated using measurements from a Robertson-Berger meter made at four continents (Antarctica, Australia, America, and Europe). The measurements cover the latitudinal range from 67.4°N to 60.1 °S. Since the UV Index was determined to quantify UV radiation protection, the goal of a forecast scheme is to avoid underestimation. Therefore the frequency of underestimation was used as quality criteria also. The Austrian forecast model shows less than 7.3% underestimation in all cases, whereas 5.0% result from the radiation model and 2.3% from the used value of the total ozone content of the atmosphere. © 2002 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Objective Field:Atmospheric composition (incl. greenhouse gas inventory)
UTAS Author:Nunez, M (Dr Manuel Nunez)
ID Code:24549
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-19

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