Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 2

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Changes in UV radiation intensity and their possible impact on skin cancer in Poland

Krzysztof Błażejczyk, Anna Błażejczyk

Geographia Polonica (2012) vol. 85, iss. 2, pp. 57-64


UV radiation is a high-energy part of sunlight. Simultaneous changes in global radiation have been observed duringrecent decades. Close relationships have been found between UV intensity near ground level and the destruction of thestratospheric ozone layer known as the ozone hole. This has great consequences for all ecological systems on Earth aswell as for human health. The UV Index (UVI) was developed for the monitoring of the level and composition of UV raysreaching the lower troposphere. The paper presents changes in the UVI in Poland in the period 1996-2011. We also discussthe possible influence of changes in level of ultraviolet radiation (represented by UVI) on the frequency of skin cancer.

Keywords: UV radiation, UVI, skin cancer, Poland, climate change

Krzysztof Błażejczyk [], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warsaw: Poland