Record Level of Solar UV-B Radiation Measured in Bolivian Andes

July 9, 2014 6:10 PM

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A multinational team of researchers led by Dr Nathalie Cabrol of NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute has recorded an unprecedented level of solar ultraviolet-B radiation equivalent to a UV index of 43.3, which is the highest ground value ever reported.

There are three types of ultraviolet radiation: UV-A (315-400nm), UV-B (280-315 nm) and UV-C (200-280 nm). The increased exposure to UV-B radiation has specific effects on human health, crops, terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles.

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