Determination of the usage of shade structures via a dosimetry technique

Parisi, Alfio V. and Eley, Robert and Downs, Nathan (2012) Determination of the usage of shade structures via a dosimetry technique. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 88 (4). pp. 1012-1015. ISSN 0031-8655

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A measurement system is described that allows an objective review and evaluation of the amount of use by different population groups of provided shade structures. It employs the comparison of the erythemal UV exposure measured with dosimeters to either the vertex or the forehead to that in full sun. The technique has been developed using three shade structures and found to provide a linear relationship with an R2 of 0.99 between the exposure ratio and the time spent in the shade for the solar zenith angle range of 19 to 53o and for both low and high cloud levels. It provides an objective determination of the amount of shade use by population groups that have set periods of time outdoors.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 01:18
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: shade; UV; skin cancer; dosimeter; polysulphone; erythema
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1004 Medical Biotechnology > 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01111.x

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