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The UTCI-Clothing Model

Havenith, Bensahbat; Fiala, Dusan; Blazejczyk, Krzysztof; Richards, Mark; Bröde, Peter; Holmér, Ingvar LU ; Rintamäki, Hannu; Benshabat, Yael and Jendritzky, Gerd (2012) In International Journal of Biometeorology 56(3). p.461-470
Abstract
The Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) was conceived as a thermal index covering the whole climate range from heat to cold. This would be impossible without considering clothing as the interface between the person (here, the physiological model of thermoregulation) and the environment. It was decided to develop a clothing model for this application in which the following three factors were considered: (1) typical dressing behaviour in different temperatures, as observed in the field, resulting in a model of the distribution of clothing over the different body segments in relation to the ambient temperature, (2) the changes in clothing insulation and vapour resistance caused by wind and body movement, and (3) the change in wind speed in... (More)
The Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) was conceived as a thermal index covering the whole climate range from heat to cold. This would be impossible without considering clothing as the interface between the person (here, the physiological model of thermoregulation) and the environment. It was decided to develop a clothing model for this application in which the following three factors were considered: (1) typical dressing behaviour in different temperatures, as observed in the field, resulting in a model of the distribution of clothing over the different body segments in relation to the ambient temperature, (2) the changes in clothing insulation and vapour resistance caused by wind and body movement, and (3) the change in wind speed in relation to the height above ground. The outcome was a clothing model that defines in detail the effective clothing insulation and vapour resistance for each of the thermo-physiological model's body segments over a wide range of climatic conditions. This paper details this model's conception and documents its definitions. (Less)
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clothing insulation, cold, heat, wind, vapour resistance
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International Journal of Biometeorology
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56
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461 - 470
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Springer
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1432-1254
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10.1007/s00484-011-0451-4
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  abstract     = {The Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) was conceived as a thermal index covering the whole climate range from heat to cold. This would be impossible without considering clothing as the interface between the person (here, the physiological model of thermoregulation) and the environment. It was decided to develop a clothing model for this application in which the following three factors were considered: (1) typical dressing behaviour in different temperatures, as observed in the field, resulting in a model of the distribution of clothing over the different body segments in relation to the ambient temperature, (2) the changes in clothing insulation and vapour resistance caused by wind and body movement, and (3) the change in wind speed in relation to the height above ground. The outcome was a clothing model that defines in detail the effective clothing insulation and vapour resistance for each of the thermo-physiological model's body segments over a wide range of climatic conditions. This paper details this model's conception and documents its definitions.},
  author       = {Havenith, Bensahbat and Fiala, Dusan and Blazejczyk, Krzysztof and Richards, Mark and Bröde, Peter and Holmér, Ingvar and Rintamäki, Hannu and Benshabat, Yael and Jendritzky, Gerd},
  issn         = {1432-1254},
  keyword      = {clothing insulation,cold,heat,wind,vapour resistance},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {461--470},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {International Journal of Biometeorology},
  title        = {The UTCI-Clothing Model},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-011-0451-4},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2012},
}