USDA UV-B Radiation Monitoring Program

Project Description
The USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program is a program of
the US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service (CSREES). The program was
initiated in 1992, through a grant to Colorado State University,
to provide information on the geographical distribution and
temporal trends of UVB (ultraviolet -B) radiation in the United
States. This information is critical to the assessment of the
potential impacts of increasing ultraviolet radiation levels on
agricultural crops and forests.

This program provides:

1. information to the agricultural community and others about
the climatological and geographical distribution of UVB
irradiance;

2. basic information necessary to support evaluations of the
potential damage effects of UVB to agricultural crops and
forests;

3. ground truth for satellite measurements and basic information
for radiation transfer model calculations;

4. long-term records of UVB irradiance necessary to assess trends;

Contact Information:

Dr. James R. Slusser, Program Director
Phone: (970) 491-3623
E-mail: sluss@uvb.nrel.colostate.edu

Mailing Address:

USDA UVB Radiation Monitoring Program
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Website: http://uvb.nrel.colostate.edu/UVB/home_page.html

[Summary provided by Colorado State University]