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American Meteorological Society Outstanding Achievement Award

The Effects of Climate and Solar Elevation Angle on Intensity of Ultraviolet Radiation

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Miranda Moore

Elyse Wexler

"In this study, UV radiation was studied in comparison to temperature, cloud cover, ozone level, humidity, and time of day with the intent to understand the relationship between climate and UV radiation. Being able to prepare for and predict the amount of UV radiation you are exposed to regularly is important for protecting yourself from harm, especially in Arizona. Time of day had a higher correlation with UV radiation than the rest of the variables. The R variable (a number that represents the strength of a linear relationship of two variables) for time of day was 0.5365 while ozone level’s (the second highest variable) was 0.1804. This experiment contributed to the understanding of Tucson’s climate, which is important because increased public understanding of UV radiation and it’s interaction with your body reduces skin cancer and other health problems that are linked to UV radiation."

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2 thoughts on “The Effects of Climate and Solar Elevation Angle on Intensity of Ultraviolet Radiation

  1. Especially in Tucson, this project and its implications are very important. Your project is easy to read and understand, and the results are clear. You also addressed ozone and many potential causations for your results. The large amount of graphs was definitely beneficial for the purpose of your project as well. The introduction and abstract were very well-written and contributed to the project. I enjoyed learning about it.

  2. This project’s relevance to Tucson Arizona emphasizes the need for sun protection in the Southwest. I like how this project uses an in depth background research to thoughtfully inform the reader of the current UV patterns across the Earth’s surface

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