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On the SUVR Variability in Athens, Greece: An Overview

  • M. Efstathiou
  • C. Tzanis
  • C. Varotsos
  • P. Birmpakos
  • M. N. Assimakopoulos
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)

Abstract

Changes in solar ultraviolet radiation (SUVR) have many different effects on global biogeochemistry. Nowadays, there is an increasing interest in the interactions and feedbacks between climate change and surface UV radiation. The amount of the UV radiation reaching the ground depends on a number of atmospheric and surface parameters such as the atmospheric ozone variability, the time of the day, the latitude, the season, the cloud cover, the meteorological conditions, the aerosol and gases concentrations. Ground-based and airborne measurements of the SUVR were carried out with various instruments in Athens, Greece to study the solar ultraviolet irradiance as a function of height and the influence of the air pollution and forest fires on the UV doses reaching the ground. Additionally, the relationship between SUVR at the Earth’s surface and total ozone content during the summertime period has been investigated. To perform the above-mentioned studies a recently developed theoretical algorithm for the calculation of the UV irradiance at the Earth’s surface was also employed. Finally, implications to the adverse human health effects will be discussed.

Keywords

Surface Ozone Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Total Ozone Content Great Athens Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Efstathiou
    • 1
  • C. Tzanis
    • 1
  • C. Varotsos
    • 1
  • P. Birmpakos
    • 1
  • M. N. Assimakopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Climate Research Group, Division of Environmental Physics and MeteorologyUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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