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On the effect of soil wetness on thermal stress

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A coupled atmosphere-soil model was applied in order to evaluate the impact of soil wetness on human stress in the absence of horizontal gradients in moisture. The results are illustrated and discussed with consideration to various combinations of wind speed and lower level atmospheric moisture during daylight hours with summer weather conditions. A thermal index composed of the air temperature and wet-bulb temperature does not show major changes as a function of variation of soil mosture. When wind speed and solar radiation are also considered, in a more detailed thermal index, relatively wet soil is associated with the optimal thermal comfort.

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Ookouchi, Y., Segal, M., Pielke, R.A. et al. On the effect of soil wetness on thermal stress. Int J Biometeorol 31, 45–55 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02192836

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