With the transportable reference spectroradiometer QASUME (Quality Assurance of Spectral Ultraviolet Measurements in Europe) routine quality assurance of spectrally resolved solar ultraviolet irradiance measurements were successfully performed at 25 UV monitoring sites in Europe.
The absolute scale carried by the QASUME reference spectroradiometer is traceable to the primary irradiance standard of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany, and has proved to represent the average scale in use at 25 independent European laboratories; it can thus be taken as a European irradiance reference.
Out of the 27 instruments 13 showed deviations relative to the QASUME reference spectroradiometer of less than 4% in the UVB (15 instruments in the UVA) for solar zenith angles below 75°. The results so far have shown the unique possibilities offered by this transportable reference spectroradiometer for providing on-site quality assurance of solar ultraviolet irradiance measurements.
Gröbner, J., Blumthaler, M., Kazadzis, S., Bais, A., Webb, A., Schreder, J., Seckmeyer, G. and Rembges, D., 2006. Quality assurance of spectral solar UV measurements: results from 25 UV monitoring sites in Europe, 2002 to 2004. Metrologia, 43(2), p.S66.
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