Ultraviolet radiation and aerosol monitoring at Lampedussa, Italy

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The measurements of UV spectral irradiance, ozone and aerosol load obtained with a double monochromator Brewer at the Station for Climate Observations of the National Agency for New Technology. Energy and Environment (ENEA) in Lampedusa, Italy, are presented. To derive the aerosol optical depth, the direct-sun measurements at the Brewer operational wavelengths (302.1, 306.3, 310.1, 313.5, 316.8 and 320.1 nm) were calibrated using the Langley method. A radiative transfer model was used to investigate the role of ozone and aerosols in modulating UV irradiance and to reproduce the measured UV spectra. The optical scattering and absorption properties of aerosols input to the model have been derived from measured size-distributions. The modelled and measured UV spectra are in agreement for different atmospheric conditions and allowed us to estimate the radiative impact of the aerosols for two case studies related to the PAUR II campaign held in 1999.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373 - 384
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Geophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


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  • Geophysics

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