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Present and Future Climate—Tourism Conditions in Milos Island, Greece

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Laboratory of Climatology and Atmospheric Environment, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, University of Athens, University Campus, GR-15784 Athens, Greece
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Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service, Stefan-Meier-Str. 4, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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Atmosphere 2019, 10(3), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10030145
Received: 9 February 2019 / Revised: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tourism Climatology: Past, Present and Future)
The objective of this study is to analyze the present and future climate-tourism conditions in Milos Island, Cyclades, Greece, by means of the assessment of the three climate components (physical, thermal, and aesthetic), which interprets the so-called climatic tourism potential. Milos Island is chosen as a representative island of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea. Future climate change conditions are analyzed using the high-resolution simulations (grid size 0.11° × 0.11°) of the Regional Climate Model ALADIN 5.2 from Centre National de Recherche Meteorologiques, Meteo France (CNRM). The climate simulations concern the future periods 2021–2050 and 2071–2100 against the reference period 1961–1990, under two Representative Concentration Pathways, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5. Based on regional climate simulations, the tourism potential can be described in a meaningful and simple way by applying the Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme (CTIS), which depicts detailed climate information that could be used by tourists to foresee the thermal comfort, aesthetic, and physical conditions for planning their vacations. More specifically, the thermal climate component is interpreted by the Physiologically Equivalent Temperature (PET), which is one of the most popular physiological thermal indices based on the human energy balance. The findings of the analysis could be used by stakeholders and the tourism industry in decision-making regarding the destination of Milos for tourism planning and touristic infrastructure development. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourism potential; human thermal perception; climate-tourism/transfer-information-scheme; regional climate models; Milos Island tourism potential; human thermal perception; climate-tourism/transfer-information-scheme; regional climate models; Milos Island
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Nastos, P.T.; Matzarakis, A. Present and Future Climate—Tourism Conditions in Milos Island, Greece. Atmosphere 2019, 10, 145.

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