Diffuse solar ultraviolet radiation and implications for preventing human eye damage

Parisi, Alfio V., Green, Adele, & Kimlin, Michael G. (2001) Diffuse solar ultraviolet radiation and implications for preventing human eye damage. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 73(2), pp. 135-139.

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Ocular UV exposure is a function of both the direct and diffuse components of solar radiation. Broadband global and diffuse UV measurements were made in the morning, noon and afternoon. Thirty sets of measurements were made in summer and 50 in each of the other seasons at each of the periods in full sun. Corresponding sets were made in the shade of Australian evergreen trees: 42 trees in summer and 50 in each of the other seasons. The percentage diffuse UV was higher for the shorter 320–400 nm range (UVB) than for 280–320 nm (UVA). The percentage diffuse UVB ranged from 23 to 59%, whereas the percentage diffuse UVA ranged from 17 to 31%. The percentage diffuse UV was lower at noon than in the morning and afternoon with the difference more pronounced for the UVB. The average percentage diffuse UVB over all the measurements in the tree shade for the morning, noon and afternoon was 62, 58 and 71%, respectively, and the average percentage diffuse UVA was 52, 51 and 59%, respectively.

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ID Code: 8147
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: parisi@usq.edu.au
Keywords: ultraviolet, UV, ocular UV exposure
ISSN: 0031-8655
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:44

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