Congratulations to Maosi Chen, Dr. Wei Gao's graduate student. Maosi successfully defended his dissertation, Improving radiation data quality of USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program and evaluating UV decomposition in DayCent and its ecological impacts. He plans to graduate in December with his PhD from the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University.
Dr. Shinichi Asao will attend the Stormwater Management Academy Workshop on Integrated Ecological Modeling, Systems Ecology and Ecological Indicators for Ecological Engineering at the University of Central Florida from September 16-18, 2015. Dr. Asao will collaborate with Prof Ni-Bin Chang of University of Central Florida, and network with other researchers from around the United States on behalf of the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program.
The UV-B Monitoring and Research Program (UVMRP) is a data collection and research program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), headquartered at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The UVMRP supports two unique and complimentary program components:
Integrated Agricultural Impact Assessment System
Agriculture is entering a critical period with regard to climate change, crop stress, and potential related impacts to crop productivity. Decision makers need reliable and relevant crop yield and economic assessment tools. The objective of this UVMRP program component is to develop an Integrated Agricultural Impact Assessment System. This system will couple the Earth's climate, ultraviolet-visible solar radiation, and comprehensive crop growth models, and assimilating satellite and in situ observations to study climate-crop interactions and related economic impacts stemming from crop responses to a wide range of stressors. Common stressors include temperature, moisture, nutrients, UV radiation, CO2 concentration, aerosols and other air pollutants. Please click on the above Agricultural Impact for more information.
UV-B Monitoring Network
High-energy ultraviolet solar radiation can significantly damage plants, crops, animals, and ecosystems, alone or in combination with other environmental stress factors such as temperature and moisture. To address these concerns, in 1992, the USDA established the UV-B Monitoring and Research Program at Colorado State University to provide cost-effective monitoring of UV-B levels across the United States. The program's primary objective is continued operation of the national network of UV-B monitoring instruments to deliver high-quality data, data products, and services in support of agricultural research. In particular, we quantify the geographic distribution of UV-B solar irradiance; the effects of increased or diminished UV-B on crops, native and invasive plants, and animals; and facilitate the use of these measurements directly, or as inputs to climate and crop models.
These data are collected automatically every night, processed for quality control, and made available on this web site, typically within one day of its collection. Most data are available back through 1997, with some additional data available back to 1993. Please click on the above Monitoring Network for information about our locations and instruments. Please click on the above Data Download for our data and data products.