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Research Group "Biomedizinische Physik - Solare UV-Strahlung, Med. Univ. Innsbruck"
(Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Mario Blumthaler)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Blumthaler
First name(s):Mario
Title (leading):Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr.
Institution:Medical University of Innsbruck
Organizational unit:Sektion für Biomedizinische Physik
Street address:Müllerstraße 44
Postal code:6020
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Medical, Environmental and Bio-Physics
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Environmental physics (103037)
  • Meteorology (105206)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:20.11.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2012
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
4 Persons
Dr. Axel Kreuter
Dr. Sigrid Wuttke
Dr. Barbara Klotz
Mag. Michael Schwarzmann
Full-time equivalents:2.25
Percentage project-funded:33
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:22
Number of publications:27
Five most important publications:
  1. Gröbner J., M. Blumthaler (2007) Experimental determination of the reference plane of shaped diffusers by solar UV measurements.
    Optics Letters, 32, 80-82
  2. Blumthaler M., B. Schallhart, M. Schwarzmann, R. McKenzie, P. Johnston, M. Kotkamp, H. Shiona (2008) Spectral UV measurements of global irradiance, solar radiance, and actinic flux in New Zealand: intercomparison between instruments and model calculations.
    J Atm Ocean Tech, 25, 6, 945-958.
  3. Schallhart B., M. Blumthaler, J. Schreder, J. Verdebout (2008) A method to generate near real time UV-Index maps of Austria.
    Atmos Chem Phys 8, 7483-7491.
  4. Kreuter A., C. Emde, M. Blumthaler (2010) Measuring the influence of aerosols and albedo on sky polarization.
    Atmos. Res. doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.07.010
  5. Wuttke S., A. Kreuter, M. Blumthaler (2012) Aerosol climatology in an Alpine valley.
    J Geophys Res. 113, D15206, doi:10.1029/2012JD0117854
Five most important talks:
  1. IUGG-Melbourne, Australien (2011)
    Case study about 3D-albedo effects on solar irradiance
  2. CIE-Sun City, Südafrika (2011)
    Application of array spectrometer for solar UV measurement to determine biological weighted dosis
  3. ESP-Genf, Schweiz (2011)
    The impact of climatic and environmental factors on personal UV radiation exposure and human health
  4. IRS-Berlin, Deutschland (2012)
    A guide to measuring solar UV spectra using array spectroradiometers
  5. CIE-Hangzhou, China (2012)
    Biologically weighted units for human skin UV exposure - suggestions for standardisation
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Competitive projects:
  • EU:
    SCOUT-O3 - Stratosphere Climate links with emphasis on the upper troposphere lower stratosphere
    Laufzeit : 2005-2009
  • FWF:
    Investigation of actinic flux in mountaineous areas
    Laufzeit : 2006-2009
  • FFG:
    Validation of ozone monitoring instrument ground UV products
    Laufzeit : 2006-2009
  • BMUJF:
    Absolutkalibrierung der UVB-Monitore und Dauerbetrieb des in Österreich installierten Messnetzes
    Laufzeit : 1998-2008
    Messungen und Analyse der solaren UV-Strahlung in Österreich
    Laufzeit : 2009-2019
  • EU-EMPR:
    Traceability for surface spectral solar ultraviolet radiation
    Laufzeit: 2011-2014
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • Verbesserung der Messmethoden für solare UV-Strahlung durch Einsatz von Array Spektrometern
  • Strahlungstransfer in der Atmospäre - Aerosole
  • Polarisation
  • 3D-Strahlungstransfer-Modelle
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • Anwendung obiger Themen auf die biologische Bewertung der solaren UV-Strahlung mit verschiedensten Wirkungsspektren
Teaching and Research Mobility in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
International networking:
  • R. Roman (incoming), Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (2010)
  • A. Kreuter (outgoing) Berkeley, USA (2010)
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