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International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 1369–1381 | Cite as

Quantification of climate tourism potential of Croatia based on measured data and regional modeling

  • Caroline Brosy
  • Ksenija ZaninovicEmail author
  • Andreas Matzarakis
Original Paper

Abstract

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Croatia. The Adriatic coast is a popular travel destination for tourists, especially during the summer months. During their activities, tourists are affected by atmospheric conditions and therefore by weather and climate. Therefore, it is important to have reliable information about thermal conditions as well as their impacts on human beings. Here, the climate tourism potential of Croatia is presented and quantified on the basis of three selected stations in different climatic regions. The physiologically equivalent temperature is used for analysis as well as other climatic parameters relevant for tourism and recreation. The results already point to hot conditions for outdoor activities in summer during afternoons, especially along the coast but also for continental regions, resulting in a reduction of the climate tourism potential. In the future, this trend looks set to increase, possibly leading to a changing tourism sector in Croatia requiring adaptation and new strategies.

Keywords

Climate tourism potential Croatia Physiologically equivalent temperature Thermal stress CTIS RayMan RegCM3 

Notes

Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the DHMZ Climate modelling group for providing the RegCM3 data and for useful suggestions and discussions. This research study is supported by the EU-sponsored PF7 project CLIM-RUN (Grant Agreement No. 265192).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Brosy
    • 1
  • Ksenija Zaninovic
    • 2
    Email author
  • Andreas Matzarakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Meteorology and ClimatologyAlbert-Ludwigs-University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia (DHMZ)ZagrebCroatia

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