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|Climate change and rural workers thermal comfort: historical and future impacts
Human thermal comfort
Temperature-humidity index (THI)
|Associação Brasileira de Engenharia Agrícola
|AMARO, A. L. N. et al. Climate change and rural workers thermal comfort: historical and future impacts. Engenharia Agrícola, Jaboticabal, v. 38, n. 2, Mar./Apr. 2018.
|The aim of the present research was to propose a bioclimatic mapping to classify the thermal comfort and discomfort of rural workers within the state of Minas Gerais, considering historical and future scenarios. Monthly historical series (1976-2014) of minimum, mean and maximum temperature-humidity index (THI), determined through the values of air temperature (minimum, mean and maximum) and relative humidity from 48 weather stations located in the state of Minas Gerais were used to analyze the trends through Mann-Kendall and linear regression assays. The bioclimatic mapping of human comfort, obtained via geostatistical analysis, was developed as a function of the minimum, medium and maximum THI for the historical period (1976-2014) and future scenario (2024). Results indicate an overall trend of increasing in thermal discomfort conditions throughout the mesoregions of the state of Minas Gerais during the weather seasons, being more incisive in summer and spring.
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