Journal article

Coastal climate is associated with elevated solar irradiance and higher 25(OH)D level

MPC Cherrie, BW Wheeler, MP White, CE Sarran, NJ Osborne

Environment International | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015


INTRODUCTION: There is evidence that populations living close to the coast have improved health and wellbeing. Coastal environments are linked to promotion of physical activity through provision of safe, opportune, aesthetic and accessible spaces for recreation. Exposure to coastal environments may also reduce stress and induce positive mood. We hypothesised that coastal climate may influence the vitamin D status of residents and thus partly explain benefits to health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ecological and cross-sectional analyses were designed to elucidate the connection between coastal residence and vitamin D status. We divided residential data, from developed land use areas and the Lower ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This was part of a PhD project funded by the European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter Medical School) is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.This work made use of data and samples generated by the 1958 Birth Cohort (NODS). Access to these resources was enabled via the 58READIE Project funded by Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council (grant numbers W1-095219MA and G1001799). A full list of the financial, institutional and personal contributions to the development of the 1958 Birth Cohort Biomedical resource is available at We acknowledge the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the help of Jon Jonson for linking data to the participants.