Penetration of Solar UV-B into Waters off Iceland

  • John Calkins
  • Thorunn Thórdardóttir
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


We have measured levels of solar UV-B incident on Iceland using the Robertson sensor, the relation of UV-B to total solar irradiance, and the levels at various depths in the oceans near Iceland. Typical penetration of UV-B and visible light into marine waters was observed. Penetration of UV-B is somewhat less variable than penetration of green light and may be relatively uniform over distances of hundreds of kilometers. The penetration of UV-B in relation to 14C incorporation is discussed.


Euphotic Zone Total Solar Irradiance Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Solar Angle Total Irradiance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Calkins
    • 1
  • Thorunn Thórdardóttir
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation MedicineUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.HafrannsóknastofnuninMarine Research InstituteReykjavikIceland

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