Articles | Volume 14, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5657–5699, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-5657-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5657–5699, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-5657-2021
Research article
19 Aug 2021
Research article | 19 Aug 2021

Real-time UV index retrieval in Europe using Earth observation-based techniques: system description and quality assessment

Panagiotis G. Kosmopoulos et al.

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Large-scale retrievals of the ultraviolet index (UVI) in real time by exploiting the modern Earth observation data and techniques are capable of forming operational early warning systems that raise awareness among citizens of the health implications of high UVI doses. In this direction a novel UVI operating system, the so-called UVIOS, was introduced for massive outputs, while its performance was tested against ground-based measurements revealing a dependence on the input quality and resolution.