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International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 109–120 | Cite as

A comprehensive catalogue and classification of human thermal climate indices

  • C. R. de Freitas
  • E. A. Grigorieva
Short Communication

Abstract

The very large number of human thermal climate indices that have been proposed over the past 100 years or so is a manifestation of the perceived importance within the scientific community of the thermal environment and the desire to quantify it. Schemes used differ in approach according to the number of variables taken into account, the rationale employed, the relative sophistication of the underlying body–atmosphere heat exchange theory and the particular design for application. They also vary considerably in type and quality, as well as in several other aspects. Reviews appear in the literature, but they cover a limited number of indices. A project that produces a comprehensive documentation, classification and overall evaluation of the full range of existing human thermal climate indices has never been attempted. This paper deals with documentation and classification. A subsequent report will focus on evaluation. Here a comprehensive register of 162 thermal indices is assembled and a sorting scheme devised that groups them according to eight primary classification classes. It is the first stage in a project to organise and evaluate the full range of all human thermal climate indices. The work, when completed, will make it easier for users to reflect on the merits of all available thermal indices. It will be simpler to locate and compare indices and decide which is most appropriate for a particular application or investigation.

Keywords

Thermal indices Human climate assessment Index classification 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported in part by the Fulbright Program.

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  1. 1.School of EnvironmentUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Institute for Complex Analysis of Regional Problems, Far Eastern BranchRussian Academy of SciencesBirobidzhanRussia

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