Comparison of the solar spectral ultraviolet irradiance in motor vehicles with windows in an open and closed position

Kimlin, Michael G. and Parisi, Alfio and Carter, Brad D. and Turnbull, David J. (2002) Comparison of the solar spectral ultraviolet irradiance in motor vehicles with windows in an open and closed position. International Journal of Biometeorology , 46 (3). pp. 150-156. ISSN 0020-7128

Abstract

[Abstract]: The solar ultraviolet (UV) spectrum was measured by a spectroradiometer located inside two common Australian vehicles: a family wagon and a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The entrance optics of the spectroradiometer was orientated, in turn, on a horizontal plane, towards the driver and passenger windows and towards the windshield. UV spectra were recorded when the vehicles’ windows were in an open and closed position. For a typical Australian family wagon, on a horizontal plane inside the vehicle, closing the windows decreased, the total UV irradiance by a factor of 3.2, whilst in a four-wheel drive the irradiance decreased by a factor of 2.1. In order to reduce the likelihood of developing of UV-related eye and skin disorders, drivers should use appropriate UV protection whilst driving a vehicle with the windows in an open position. Results gained from this research provide new findings on the exposure of humans to UV in a vehicle.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's verison unavailable.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009 04:50
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV; ultraviolet; skin damage; vehicles; spectral; erythema
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1007/s00484-002-0131-5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5555

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