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The Universal Thermal Climate Index as an operational forecasting tool of human biometeorological conditions in Europe

Di Napoli, C., Messeri, A., Novák, J., Wieczorek, J., Morabito, M., Silva, P., Crisci, A. and Pappenberger, F. (2021) The Universal Thermal Climate Index as an operational forecasting tool of human biometeorological conditions in Europe. In: Krüger, E. L. (ed.) Applications of the Universal Thermal Climate Index UTCI in Biometeorology. Biometeorology, 4. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 193-208. ISBN 9783030767150

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In operational weather forecasting standard environmental parameters, such as air temperature and humidity, are traditionally used to predict thermal conditions in the future. These parameters, however, are not enough to describe the thermal stress induced by the outdoor environment to the human body as they neglect the human heat budget and personal characteristics (e.g. clothing). The Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) overcomes these limitations by using an advanced thermo-physiological model coupled with a state-of-the-art clothing model. Several systems have been recently developed to operationally forecast human biometeorological conditions via the UTCI, i.e. by computing UTCI from the forecasts of air temperature, humidity, wind speed and radiation as provided by numerical weather prediction models. Here we describe the UTCI-based forecasting systems developed in Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Portugal and at the pan-European scale. Their characteristics are illustrated and their potential as warning systems for thermal hazards discussed.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:99623
Publisher:Springer International Publishing


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