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

N. J. Downs, H. J. Butler, L. Baldwin, A. V. Parisi, A. Amar, J. Vanos, S. Harrison

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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. • Tree shade UPF measurements are presented using video capture analysis of moving canopies • A standard method for making accurate assessments of tree shade has been developed • Tree shade comparisons are made without the need for specialist equipment

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1683-1693
Number of pages11
JournalMethodsX
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Measuring the ultraviolet protection of tree shade from canopy video analysis
  • SPI
  • Skin cancer
  • Standard
  • Sun protection
  • Tree shade
  • UPF
  • UV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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