24 September 2013 Analysis trends of ultraviolet B fluxes in the continental US with USDA and TOMS data
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Many environmental factors, such as stratospheric ozone, aerosols, and clouds, may affect ultraviolet (UV) irradiance. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible association between ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation and total cloud amount, ozone, and aerosols simultaneously, leading to the assessment of possible impacts of climate change on UVB flux variations in the Continental United States (US). Findings indicate that in the past 22 years, while ozone decreased and aerosols increased across the US, the UVB decrease in the northern states was consistent with the increase in aerosols and total cloud amount. Climate change impact resulting in higher total cloud amount in the northern states might result in lower UVB in the future.
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Zhiqiang Gao, Zhiqiang Gao, Jicai Ning, Jicai Ning, Runhe Shi, Runhe Shi, Wei Gao, Wei Gao, } "Analysis trends of ultraviolet B fluxes in the continental US with USDA and TOMS data", Proc. SPIE 8869, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability X, 88690I (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2021250; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2021250
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