Intercomparison of global, ultraviolet B and A radiation measurements in the dead sea region (Ein Borer) and Beer Sheva

A. P. Kushelevsky, A. I. Kudish

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Thousands of patients suffering from psoriasis have been treated successfully in the Dead Sea area by climatological methods, without medication. This high rate of success, measured in terms of partial to complete plaque clearance and reported to exceed 85% after 3-4 weeks of treatment, has been assumed to be associated with a unique ultraviolet (UV) radiation environment present in the Dead Sea region. In order to broaden our knowledge of the UV radiation environment at the Dead Sea, continuous monitoring of UV (both B and A) and global radiation has recently been initiated at two sites - Ein Bokek (located in the vicinity of the Dead Sea 375 m below mean sea level) and Beer Sheva (315 m above mean sea level) - to facilitate an intercomparison of their respective radiation intensities. The results of the first year of a detailed study of the global, UVB and UVA radiation intensities measured at both sites are summarized and reported in terms of the monthly average daily, average midday (11:00-13:00) and the corresponding maximum values. The radiation data for clear days (based upon the absolute magnitude of the global radiation) were also analyzed to perform an intercomparison between fin Bokek and Beer Sheva for a winter month and a summer month for which all three types of radiation data were available at both sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S24-S27
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL. JULY
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1996


  • Dead sea
  • Global radiation
  • UVB radiation
  • Ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering


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