Monitoring of the atmospheric ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation

Updated 2016-05-02

- Provide continuous measurements of high scientific quality of total ozone and solar ultraviolet radiation, to be used in assessments related to health- and environmental issues. - Provide data that can be used for short term forecasting and assessments of long term changes of total ozone and UV radiation. - Provide information to the public and scientific communitee on the status and the development of the ozone layer and UV radiation - Provide information to the public on sun protection when episodes of high UV Index may occur.

Time frame

Project time span
1990 -
Data collection
1990 -
Data processing
1990 -
Data reporting
1990 -

Contact information

Contact person
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This is a cooperation between Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and Norwegian Protection Control Authority (NPCA). Contact person at NRPA: ( Contact person at NPCA: Ola Glesne ( The UV monitoring network is operated by Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU) on behalf of NPCA and NRPA. NRPA is responsible for the quality calibration and the quality control of the UV monitoring instruments. Contact person at NILU: Cathrine Lund Myhre,
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Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
None specified

Data availability

Data availability and access

Data can be downloaded from

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

The monitoring programme UV radiation measurements (UVI and daily doses) at nine locations from 58 to 78 degrees North , measurements of total ozone at two locations and ozone profiles measurements at one location. There are two monitoring stations north of the Arctic circle: Andøya (69 degrees North) and Ny-Ålesund (78 degrees North). The station at Andøya measures all mentioned parameters. Data from the UV monitoring instrument in Ny-Ålesund is officially no longer reported, but data is collected and quality assurance and quality control routines are maintained.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA), Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NRPA and NILU are directly involved in sampling, analyses and reporting. Networks: World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC), Montreal Protocol (Montreal Protocol)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project


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