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UV Radiation in Global Climate Change

Measurements, Modeling and Effects on Ecosystems

  • Wei Gao
  • James R. Slusser
  • Daniel L. Schmoldt


  • Includes the latest developments in UV research as well as the interactions between UV radiation and global change, environment and ecosystems

  • Contributing authors are renowned scientists in the research fields of UV radiation, meteorology, environment, and ecosystems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Julia Lee-Taylor, Sasha Madronich, Christopher Fischer, Bernhard Mayer
    Pages 1-20
  3. Richard L. McKenzie, J Ben Liley
    Pages 21-47
  4. Claudio Rafanelli, Alessandro Damiani, Elena Benedetti, Sara. De Simone, Andrea Anav, Luigi Ciattaglia et al.
    Pages 73-105
  5. James B. Kerr
    Pages 160-191
  6. Alfio V. Parisi, David J. Turnbull, Peter Schouten, Nathan Downs, Joanna Turner
    Pages 192-204
  7. Wei Gao, John M. Davis, Roger Tree, James R. Slusser, Daniel Schmoldt
    Pages 205-243
  8. William F. Barnard, Brian N. Wenny
    Pages 291-330
  9. Ronald J. Ryel, Stephan D. Flint, Paul W. Barnes
    Pages 370-394
  10. Joseph H. Sullivan, Linda C. Pope, Betsy M. Sutherland, Paula V. Bennett, James E. Blum, Ann E. Stapleton et al.
    Pages 437-457
  11. Richard H. Grant, Kent G. Apostol, Hans F. Schmitz
    Pages 458-487
  12. Yadong Qi, Gordon M. Heisler, Wei Gao, Thomas C. Vogelmann, Shuju Bai
    Pages 509-530
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 531-544

About this book


Numerous studies report that ultraviolet (UV) radiation is harmful to living organisms and detrimental to human health. Growing concerns regarding the increased levels of UV-B radiation that reach the earth's surface have led to the development of ground- and space-based measurement programs. Further study is needed on the measurement, modeling, and effects of UV radiation. The chapters of this book describe the research conducted across the globe over the past three decades in the areas of: (1) current and predicted levels of UV radiation and its associated impact on ecosystems and human health, as well as economic and social implications; (2) new developments in UV instrumentation, advances in calibration (ground- and satellite-based), measurement methods, modeling efforts, and their applications; and (3) the effects of global climate change on UV radiation.

Dr. Wei Gao is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University. Dr. Gao is a SPIE fellow and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.

Dr. Daniel L. Schmoldt is the National Program Leader for instrumentation and sensors at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Schmoldt served as joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Computers & Electronics in Agriculture, from 1997 to 2004.

Dr. James R. Slusser retired in 2007 from the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program at Colorado State University. He was active in the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Slusser is currently pursuing his interests in solar energy and atmospheric transmission.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wei Gao
    • 1
  • James R. Slusser
    • 1
  • Daniel L. Schmoldt
    • 2
  1. 1.Natural Resource Ecology LaboratoryColorado State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Cooperative State Research Education & Extension ServiceWaterfront CentreWashington DCUSA

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