A network of detectors measuring biologically effective solar ultraviolet radiation (UV-B) around Australia was operated between 1975 and 1981. This technical paper gives details of the network, describes the detectors used and discusses the calibration of the data obtained. The raw and calibrated data for all instruments, including one at Aspendale that is part of Temple University global network, are available on magnetic tape. An appendix gives details of the format in which the data appear on the tape. This network was discontinued at the end of 1981. The UV detectors have given sufficient data to enable the geographic and seasonal climatology of UV-B over Australia to be determined. Any long-term changes in the ozone layer will be more accurately detected by the Dobson spectrophotometer - an instrument that is specifically designed to measure total ozone content by sensing the solar radiation at two or more discrete UV wavelengths.
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