Broadband direct UVA irradiance measurement for clear skies evaluated using a smartphone

Igoe, D. and Parisi, A. V. (2015) Broadband direct UVA irradiance measurement for clear skies evaluated using a smartphone. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 167 (4). pp. 485-489. ISSN 0144-8420

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UVA wavelengths (320-400 nm) have been implicated in recent studies to contribute to melanoma induction and skin photoaging in humans and damage to plants. The use of smartphones in UVA observations are a way to supplement measurements made by traditional radiometric and spectroradiometric technology. Although the smartphone image sensor is not capable of determining broadband UVA irradiances, these can be reconstructed from narrowband irradiances, which the smartphone, with narrowband and neutral density filters, can quantify with discrepancies not exceeding 5%. Three models that reconstruct direct broadband clear sky UVA were developed from narrowband irradiances derived from smartphone image sensor pixel data with coefficients of determination of between 0.97 and 0.99. Reasonable accuracy and precision in determining the direct broadband UVA was maintained for observations made with solar zenith angles as high as 70°. The developed method has the potential to increase the uptake of the measurement of broadband UVA irradiances.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to Submitted version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 03:20
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2017 23:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: UVA; UV direct; smartphone; skin cancer
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncu344

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