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The paper first recalls what is natural UV radiation, what are its effects on human health and the environment and gives a few useful definitions on how UV radiation is quantified. After a short explanation of the atmospheric processes that determine the UV radiation intensity at the earth's surface, it briefly reviews the means and techniques available to estimate it. These range from direct measurements to modelling and are adapted to various applications, including public information.

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Authors: VERDEBOUT J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Fourth International Working Conference on Alternatives to Methyl Bromide. Organised by: European Commission, DG Environment. Held in: Seville (ES), 5-8 March 2002.
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