Measurement and Instrument Coordination: Problems and Solutions
It is evident that there needs to be a level of coordination on a global scale to understand the spatial and temporal changes in the UV-B radiation field at the surface. There are scientific and social issues that need to be addressed when discussing the UV-B in the biosphere. To put this into perspective, Figure 1 illustrates the implications enhanced UV-B will have on a variety of disciplines. As we can see, the premise on which the implied effects are based is an increase in the UV-B at the surface of the earth. The understanding of the global spatial and temporal trends will require making accurate measurements coupled with model validation to comprehend the ramifications of the impacts. The quantification of the potential impacts can be seen in Figure 2. This figure illustrates the mechanics of quantifying the required measurements and models once the measurements have been made. It is essential to have these feedback mechanisms. Fundamentally, a suite of measurements are needed and modelling is necessary to obtain adequate global coverage.
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