Exposure to UV ultraviolet radiation from the sun is one of the causes of skin cancer and cataract. The ozone in the atmosphere absorbs the UV radiation. Emissions of CFC chlorofluorocarbons have reduced the amount of ozone in the stratosphere over the past 25 years. As a result, UV radiation has increased.

Climate change is causing the temperature in the stratosphere to fall. The formation and depletion of ozone depend on that temperature. That is why climate change also influences the amount of ozone and therefore, the UV ultraviolet radiation.

What does RIVM do?

  • Measure the UV radiation in Bilthoven
  • Analyses the influence of ozone-depleting substances on the UV load
  • Analyses the impact of climate change on the UV load
  • Mapping out European and global UV radiation
  • Assesses the impact of a changing UV load on health