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Where are Brewers located

By the end of 2014, 228 Brewers of all types will have been produced and most are still in operation. They are in over 40 countries around the world from the Tropics to the Arctic and Antarctic. About 80 stations regularly report to the World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC), operated by Environment Canada for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and located in Toronto.

The WOUDC contains current and historical ozone and UV data measured by many types of instruments located on ground-based, shipborne and airborne platforms.

One of the objectives of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) of WMO is the ground-validation of data from instruments mounted on satellites for which clear skies and low pollution are essential.

Typically, Brewers are located at fully-manned scientific research stations or observatories that have instruments for monitoring a wide range of meteorological, climatological and atmospheric properties. These are usually ‘green field’ sites, away from urban and industrial centres, often on mountains, and many possess a long history of measurements.

However, where a Brewer is used primarily for research into the effects of UV radiation on the human population it may be located where there is the greatest risk to public health, or where accurate real-time UV information is needed.

Kipp & Zonen’s map shows the latest known locations of Brewers around the World. However, these do not all supply data to the WOUDC and some may not be in current operation. Click here to jump to the Brewer map.

Kipp & Zonen continues to develop and improve the Brewer MkIII, support earlier models and ensure the continuing operation of the global Brewer network.