Changes in solar energy reaching the earth: a study of total solar, UVA and UVB radiation in a highly polluted Northern Italian area

P. D. Pigatto, A. S. Bigardi, M. C. Albertalli, A. Legori, G. F. Altomare, A. F. Finzi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The environment can cause and maintain a number of dermatoses, such as contact dermatitis and photodermatitis. We have recently noted a greater incidence of photodermatitis, even in subjects who declared that they had had no excessive photo exposure and/or who had tolerated normal exposure to sun in previous years. This indicated a possible change in solar irradiation. Consequently, we undertook a study of the climatic and meteorological conditions in northern Italy over the last 12 years (1978-1990). The following variables were considered: air temperature, relative humidity, solar UVA and UVB radiation, both scattered and direct. Annual data show that there has been an increase in scattered solar energy but no change in direct irradiation. There has been a clear reduction in humidity and slight increases in temperature. This is the first Italian report of climatic variations, especially of scattered sun irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume1
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992

Keywords

  • Photodermatitis
  • Total solar radiation
  • UV radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Changes in solar energy reaching the earth: a study of total solar, UVA and UVB radiation in a highly polluted Northern Italian area'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this