Measurement and analysis of broadband UVB solar radiation in Spain

José A. Martínez-Lozano, María P. Utrillas, José A. Núnez, Anna R. Esteve, José L. Gómez-Amo, Victor Estellés, Roberto Pedrós

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Measurements of broadband UVB irradiance (290-315 nm) at 14 locations in Spain for the period 2000-2009 have been used to generate instantaneous, hourly and daily values of irradiance (W m-2) and radiant exposure (kJ m-2). These measurements, and its statistical indices, have been analyzed. For the UVB irradiance, the values corresponding to July (maximum) and December (minimum) have been analyzed as representative of the year during the whole period for all locations. For the UVB radiant exposure, the temporal evolution of daily values has been evaluated for all locations to estimate an average yearly behavior. The accumulated radiant exposure for an average year has also been studied for each location. Finally, to determine possible trends in the evolution of the UVB levels, the linear regressions for the mean daily values for all locations have been determined. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Photochemistry and Photobiology © 2012 The American Society of Photobiology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489 - 1496
Number of pages8
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine(all)

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Martínez-Lozano, J. A., Utrillas, M. P., Núnez, J. A., Esteve, A. R., Gómez-Amo, J. L., Estellés, V., & Pedrós, R. (2012). Measurement and analysis of broadband UVB solar radiation in Spain. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 88(6), 1489 - 1496.