Modelling ultraviolet exposures in a school environment

Downs, Nathan ORCID: and Parisi, Alfio and Turner, Joanna and Turnbull, David (2008) Modelling ultraviolet exposures in a school environment. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 7 (6). pp. 700-710. ISSN 1474-905X

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A technique has been developed to represent erythemally effective ultraviolet radiation exposure within a school environment. The technique models the erythemally effective exposure onto a horizontal plane representation of a mapped school environment located in Hervey Bay (25oS, 153oE), Australia. The input parameters used to model the ultraviolet exposures received within the school playground included the measured sky view, ground albedo and standing surface albedo. Estimates of the erythemally effective ultraviolet exposure received within the school playground during morning tea and lunch time meal breaks during a winter and summer school day are presented. The influence of tree shade and building structure was found to vary significantly with solar zenith angle modelled over the winter and summer school meal break times with horizontal plane exposures predicted to vary from between 0 and 7 SED at different locations within the playground. The technique presented provides a method that can be followed to examine the effect of surrounding buildings and surface structures of real environments on the predicted horizontal plane ultraviolet exposure.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced with permission from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences located at:
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 May 2009 10:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: ultraviolet; school environment; erythema; model; playgrounds
Fields of Research (2008): 10 Technology > 1004 Medical Biotechnology > 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029901 Biological Physics
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3206 Medical biotechnology > 320602 Medical biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors)
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370106 Atmospheric radiation
51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5105 Medical and biological physics > 510501 Biological physics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960299 Atmosphere and Weather not elsewhere classified
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