Volume 1, Issue 6, December 2013, Page: 323-327
Average Solar UV Radiation Dosimetry in Central Nigeria
Igbawua Tertsea, Faculty of Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Ikyo Barnabas, Department of Physics, Benue State University Makurdi and University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Agba Emmanuel, Faculty of Science, University of Mkar, Mkar, Benue State, Nigeria
Received: Nov. 6, 2013;       Published: Dec. 10, 2013
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijema.20130106.18      View  2810      Downloads  161
Abstract
The measurement of solar UV radiation at a typical market setting (Gboko, Central Market, Benue State Nigeria) was done using a broadband UV meter and Polymer Polysulphone Dosimeters. The dosimeters were fitted on strategic solar radiation access areas on a plastic human figure and placed in the sun from 9:30am- 4:00pm. The dosimeter fitted on the fore head recorded the highest reading of 595 J/m2 whereas the one positioned in the pocket (beneath the cloth) gave the least reading 2.7J/m2. The dosimeter placed in the Shade (Shop Canopy) also gave a low value of 45.4 J/m2 and the mean UV radiation exposure was determined as 432 ± 47 J/m2. The work sets a reliable baseline data for solar UV radiation monitoring in central Nigeria. Appropriate recommendations have also been made to create awareness on the harmful effects of solar UV radiation.
Keywords
UV, Radiation, Dosimetry, Nigeria
To cite this article
Igbawua Tertsea, Ikyo Barnabas, Agba Emmanuel, Average Solar UV Radiation Dosimetry in Central Nigeria, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 1, No. 6, 2013, pp. 323-327. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.20130106.18
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