Variations in the erythemal ultraviolet exposure to the human facial region

Downs, Nathan and Parisi, Alfio and Kimlin, Michael G. (2001) Variations in the erythemal ultraviolet exposure to the human facial region. In: 26th Annual Conference Australasian Radiation Protection Society, 18-20 September 2001, Gold Coast.


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Employing a computer model whose output agrees with measured UV levels measured in Toowoomba, predictions of the erythemal UV exposures to the human facial region have been made for cloud free days with an estimated error of 20 % or better. This has been done by weighting the modeled horizontal plane UV exposure with measured exposure ratios that represent the exposure received on various parts of the face relative to the top of the head (a flat horizontal surface). Exposure ratios for the human face were measured by placing polysulphone dosimeters on different sites of the face and these values were interpolated to cover the entire facial region. To account for the changes to exposure ratios with the position of the Sun in the sky, a series of exposure ratio measurements at different solar zenith angles (SZA) have been made. Resultantly, for any site on the human face, the changing UV exposure on a horizontal plane predicted by the computer model for any time and location on the Earth can be weighted with the specific set of exposure ratios for the appropriate SZA. The facial erythemal UV exposures are presented pictorially. This provides the UV ‘hot spots’ on the face. The technique is used to examine the clear sky erythemal UV exposure to the face at different latitudes and during different seasons.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract available only.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2007 04:43
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: erythema, facial exposure, ultraviolet, human face
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029901 Biological Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029903 Medical Physics

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