A site-specific standard for comparing dynamic solar ultraviolet protection characteristics of established tree canopies

Downs, N.J. and Butler, H.J. and Baldwin, L. and Parisi, A.V. and Amar, A. and Vanos, J. and Harrison, S. (2019) A site-specific standard for comparing dynamic solar ultraviolet protection characteristics of established tree canopies. MethodsX, 6. pp. 1683-1693.

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Abstract

A standardised procedure for making fair and comparable assessments of the ultraviolet protection of an established tree canopy that takes into account canopy movement and the changing position of the sun is presented for use by government, planning, and environmental health authorities. The technique utilises video image capture and replaces the need for measurement by ultraviolet radiometers for surveying shade quality characteristics of trees growing in public parks, playgrounds and urban settings. The technique improves upon tree shade assessments that may be based upon single measurements of the ultraviolet irradiance observed from a fixed point of view. The presented technique demonstrates how intelligent shade audits can be conducted without the need for specialist equipment, enabling the calculation of the Shade Protection Index (SPI) and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) for any discreet time interval and over a full calendar year.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 02:49
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tree shade, standard, skin cancer, UV, UPF, SPI, sun protection
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2019.07.013
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36834

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