Ultraviolet exposure measurements on a coral reef by application of polyphenylene oxide film dosimeters

Downs, Nathan J. and Schouten, Peter W. and Parisi, Alfio V. (2012) Ultraviolet exposure measurements on a coral reef by application of polyphenylene oxide film dosimeters. In: Radiation exposure: sources, impact and reduction strategies. Pollution Science, Technology and Abatement. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY. United States, pp. 189-198. ISBN 978-1-62100-869-9


The terrestrially available UVB was measured underwater on a fringing coral reef at the southern end of Australia's Great Barrier Reef marine park (25oS, 153oE) using poly 2,6-dimethyl-1, 4-phenylene oxide (PPO) film dosimeters. These dosimeters have been employed in previous research applications to measure long term terrestrial UV exposures on land and in controlled aquatic environments (typically for exposures lasting several days). The value of these dosimeters is discussed in reference to their use in an underwater coral reef environment extending over periods of several weeks. The UVB measured in the autumn at the test reef site indicates that exposures in a shallow coral reef located at a sub-tropical latitude vary from between 34 kJm-2 and 50 kJm-2 over a period of 28 days equating to a mean daily UVB exposure of between 1 and 2 kJm-2. These measurements made at an approximate depth of 2 m represent approximately 5% of the daily surface UVB. The results indicate that the film dosimeters used have the potential to be applied in a number of different underwater locations to investigate the impact of solar UV radiation on exposed coral surfaces.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Nova Science Publishers. May not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 01:06
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 03:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: coral reefs; ultraviolet; dosimetry
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029901 Biological Physics
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24046

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