Measurement variation and the factors influencing the UV index

Downs, Nathan and Parisi, Alfio and McDonnell, Brendan and Thornton, Peter (2008) Measurement variation and the factors influencing the UV index. Teaching Science, 54 (2). pp. 8-13. ISSN 1449-6313

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The article presents a technique to measure the ultraviolet index using a personal hand held ultraviolet meter to illustrate concepts of physics. Measurements of the erythemally effective (sun-burning) direct solar beam, diffuse skylight, and total global ultraviolet irradiance are converted to daily ultraviolet index measurements. Daily ultraviolet index measurements are then compared to the daily forecast ultraviolet index. The influence of the local environment on the measured and forecast ultraviolet index is further examined with respect to surface reflection, shade structures, trees and buildings placed within the local environment, which each play a significant role in influencing the ultraviolet index at any one location. The measurement techniques presented in the article are provided to suit primary and secondary school aged children.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 23:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV index; erythema; school children
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029901 Biological Physics
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences

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