Preliminary UV, ozone and cloud comparison between southern and northern hemisphere, sub-tropical latitude sites during 1996/1997

Sabburg, J. and Parisi, A. and Wong, J. and Meldrum, L. (2001) Preliminary UV, ozone and cloud comparison between southern and northern hemisphere, sub-tropical latitude sites during 1996/1997. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar -Terrestrial Physics, 63 (15). pp. 1623-1629. ISSN 1364-6826

Abstract

This paper compares 12 months of daily erythemal weighted ultraviolet (DUV) radiation, ozone and cloud cover data between two dissimilar, sub-tropical latitude sites during two months of 1996, and all of 1997, containing an overlapping 10 month period. The sites were an urban Southern Hemisphere site (27.42 S) and a Northern Hemisphere park land (29.3 N). The daily averages for the respective 12 month periods were found to be 3.6 kJ/m2, 275 Dobson units (DU) and 4 okta for the Southern Hemisphere site and 3.6 kJ/m2, 282 DU and 3 okta for the Northern Hemisphere site. Although the maximum daily DUV level was higher by a nominal 12 % at the Southern Hemisphere site compared to the Northern Hemisphere site, the Northern Hemisphere National Park site had a daily DUV level comparable to that of the Southern Hemisphere urban site. The average ozone was higher by 2.5 % at the Northern Hemisphere site compared to the Southern Hemisphere site and the cloud cover was higher by 1 okta at the Southern Hemisphere site. The higher cloud cover, and its higher correlation to the changes in DUV at the Southern Hemisphere site, and the higher altitude of the Northern Hemisphere site, is believed to be the major causes for these similar daily average DUV levels.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Alfio Parisi
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 02:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: cloud; hemisphere; northern; ozone; southern; sub-tropical; UV; solar
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040106 Cloud Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960203 Weather
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/S1364-6826(01)00043-8
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1610

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