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Atmosphere 2018, 9(7), 250; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9070250

Quantification of the Tourism Climate of Algeria Based on the Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme

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Office National de la Météorologie, Centre Climatologique National, 1, Av. Med Khemisti, Dar El Beida, BP 153, Algiers 16100, Algeria
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Research Center Human Biometeorology, Deutscher Wetterdienst, Stefan-Meier-Str. 4, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
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Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 15 June 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 4 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Biometeorology)
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The relevance and role of aesthetic, thermal and physical facets to climatic tourism potential over Algeria at 12.00 UTC (13.00 local time) are analyzed. This role is revealed using the Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme (CTIS) elaborated for six Algerian cities having indisputable tourism potentiality and representing different regions and climate regimes: Coastline, Highland and Sahara zone. In this paper, the relevance of the use of the 10-day time-scale resolution of the physiologically equivalent temperature (PET) derived from the body-atmosphere energy balance as well as the importance of the CTIS at this time-scale resolution is illustrated. The CTIS diagrams produced concern the period 1986–2015 and comprise detailed information on the frequencies of the occurrence of different climatological and human biometeorological parameters throughout the year, which could help tourists to plan ahead their vacations. A significant upward trend in discomfort conditions, as well as a substantial decline in human thermal comfort acceptability, are observed during the period of the study. The obtained results could help enormously in the promotion of tourism and leisure services in the country as a highly promising economic sector in the future and those who are involved, such as tour operators, by diversifying their products through the provision of alternative types of tourism offerings in line with the climate conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme; physiologically equivalent temperature; human comfort; tourism; Algeria; Sahara; desert climate Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme; physiologically equivalent temperature; human comfort; tourism; Algeria; Sahara; desert climate
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Sahabi Abed, S.; Matzarakis, A. Quantification of the Tourism Climate of Algeria Based on the Climate-Tourism-Information-Scheme. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 250.

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