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ICEPURE : The impact of climatic and environmental factors on personal ultraviolet radiation exposure and human health

Description:

Using the personal exposure data combined with satellite and ground station data we will develop more accurate models to assess the impact of climate change on future UVR exposure to European populations.
We will also determine the effect of UVR exposure on DNA damage and the bodies immune system. Furthermore, the relationship between UVR exposure and vitamin D status will be determined, thus enabling a direct correlation between risk factors and health benefits.
Finally we will also determine how different parts of the UVR spectrum are related to different effects on the body:

  1. producing erythema (i.e. skin redness)
  2. suppression of the bodies natural immune response
  3. production of Vitamin D.

These studies will determine the how important erythema (skin redness) is as a biological indicator for UVR related health outcomes.
Date and time stamped personal electronic wristwatch dosimeters will be worn to measure individual UVR exposure over extended periods. Satellite and ground station data will be gathered to establish terrestrial UVR spectral irradiance, cloud, albedo, ozone and aerosol data, at the locations and times of exposure. These dosimeters will be used in field studies in working, water, beach and snow situations in four different countries, including studies with children.

Project information

Lead
Kings College London (UK) Prof. Antony Young
Partners

Bispebjerg Hospital (DK) Medical University of Lodz (PL) Karolinska Institute

Source of funding
FP 7

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Keywords

Impact assessements and indicator

Duration

2009/2/1-2013/1/31

Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures

Elements

Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Health

Geographic characterization

Europe

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