Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 32, Issue 12, pp 1639–1646 | Cite as

Impact of UV-A radiation on erythemal UV and UV-index estimation over Korea

  • Sang Seo Park
  • Yun Gon LeeEmail author
  • Jung Hyun Kim


Because total UV (TUV) in the UV-A region is 100 times higher than in the UV-B region, UV-A is a considerable component when calculating erythemal UV (EUV) and UV-index. The ratio of EUV to TUV in the UV-A value [EUV(A)/TUV(A)] is investigated to convert the EUV(A) from TUV(A) for broadband observation. The representative value of EUV(A)/TUV(A), from the simulation study, is 6.9×10−4, changing from 6.1×10−4 to 7.0×10−4 as aerosol optical depth, total ozone and solar zenith angle change. By adopting the observational data of EUV(B) and TUV(A) from UV-biometer measurements at Yonsei University [(37.57°N, 126.95°E), 84 m above sea level], the EUV irradiance increases to 15% of EUV(B) due to the consideration of EUV(A) from the data of TUV(A) observation. Compared to the total EUV observed from the Brewer spectrophotometer at the same site, the EUV(B) from the UV-biometer observes only 95% of total EUV, and its underestimation is caused by neglecting the effect of UV-A. However, the sum of EUV(B) and EUV(A) [EUV(A+B)] from two UV-biometers is 10% larger than the EUV from the Brewer spectrophotometer because of the spectral overlap effect in the range 320–340 nm. The correction factor for the overlap effect adjusts 8% of total EUV.


erythemal UV total UV UV-B UV-biometer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric SciencesYonsei UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Atmospheric SciencesChungnam National UniversityDaejeonKorea

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