Biometeorology

A section of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

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Biometeorology deals with the interactions between atmospheric conditions and living organisms (humans, vegetation and animals) in an interdisciplinary manner, as well as on how to inform, warn, respond to and mitigate adverse effects resulting from activities and climate change. The core questions are to assess how atmospheric conditions can impact on living organisms. The topic covers aspects from daily life to implications of global, regional and local climate change.

Examples are how the well-being and health of humans are related, how urban planning can improve atmospheric conditions (air quality, urban climate), atmospheric effects on agricultural and forest production and how to transfer such knowledge in a broadly understandable way in order to ensure the appropriate usage of such information. Atmospheric conditions include transient ones driven by weather patterns and long-term climatology, as well as how climate change trends may affect these drivers. In this context, the section wants to address issues concerning assessment approaches (incl. emission inventories) for urban climate (incl. heat load and cold stress), air quality and health, as well as warning systems and measures in place to mitigate adverse impacts. Modelling and experimental studies on how environmental management, urban planning and design or traffic regulation can improve living conditions and decrease emissions are particularly welcome. Articles considering the impacts of weather processes with respect to air temperature, air quality and radiation on human well-being and health would also be appropriate. Since several methods are in use to compile bio-weather and air quality forecasts, we are looking forward to discussing such approaches and the way to convey such information to end-users and the public, but particularly to special target cohorts. Another aim is to describe not only how climate and air quality data and information should be transferred and addressed for issues on tourism and recreation, but also for people living in urban areas.

Keywords

  • Human biometeorology
  • Urban bioclimatology
  • Climate, tourism and recreation
  • Thermal comfort and heat stress
  • Air pollution effects
  • UV-radiation
  • Weather sensitivity
  • Biometeorology and climate change
  • Agricultural meteorology
  • Forest meteorology
  • Animal biometeorology
  • Climate and health
  • Phenology

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