Articles | Volume 24, issue 12
21 Dec 2006
 | 21 Dec 2006

Monitoring of UV spectral irradiance at Thessaloniki (1990–2005): data re-evaluation and quality control

K. Garane, A. F. Bais, S. Kazadzis, A. Kazantzidis, and C. Meleti

Abstract. We present a re-evaluation and quality control of spectral ultraviolet irradiance measurements from two Brewer spectroradiometers operating regularly at Thessaloniki, Greece. The calibration history of the two instruments was re-examined and data flaws were identified by comparing quasi synchronous measurements. Analysis of the sensitivity of both instruments to variations of their internal temperature revealed that they have temperature coefficients of different sign. These coefficients exhibit small variability during the 15-year period. Using averaged temperature coefficients, we corrected both datasets. Corrections were applied for the angular response error using two different approaches depending on the availability of required ancillary data. The uncertainties associated with the measurements have been estimated and presented. Finally, the two datasets are compared using ratios of irradiance integrals at various bands in the UV, in order to assess any dependencies on the internal instrument temperature, solar zenith angle and wavelength.