Comparing the annualised dynamic shade characteristics of twenty-one tree canopies across twenty-six municipalities in a high ambient UV climate, Queensland - Australia

Downs, Nathan J. and Baldwin, Louise and Parisi, Alfio V. and Butler, Harry J. and Vanos, Jennifer and Beckman, Melanie and Harrison, Simone (2019) Comparing the annualised dynamic shade characteristics of twenty-one tree canopies across twenty-six municipalities in a high ambient UV climate, Queensland - Australia. Applied Geography, 108. pp. 74-82. ISSN 0143-6228

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Abstract

Standardised assessments comparing the surveyed shade quality characteristics of twenty-one trees currently established and growing in public parks and playgrounds in Queensland, Australia are presented for informing local government, shade designers and municipal planners. Assessments focus on the ultraviolet protection of individual tree canopies which are reported in terms of the Shade Protection Index (SPI) and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) assessed at fine temporal resolution and averaged over a full calendar year. The UPF and SPI are used to determine tree species best suited for optimal shade with respect to twenty-six regional cities spanning 17◦ in latitude. This assessment included all local coastal districts from Bamaga (−10.89◦ S, 142.39◦ E) to Southport (−27.97◦ S, 153.42◦ E) showing a general (species dependent) decline in ultraviolet protection with increasing southerly latitude. Survey tree species are ranked and listed in order of best ultraviolet protection for respective localities enabling the quality of protection provided by living tree canopies to be compared across a range of environments.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences (1 July 2013 - 5 Sept 2019)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 04:44
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: standards, UPF, SPI, ultraviolet, tree shade
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961004 Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.05.006
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36587

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