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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653204/developments-in-the-international-society-of-biometeorology-over-the-decade-2007-2016
#1
Marie R Keatley
Over the decade 2007-2016, the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) has pursued its purpose of advancing the science of biometeorology through its Congresses and sponsoring conferences, meetings and workshops. In conjunction with Springer, ISB has introduced a new book series: Biometeorology, and published three volumes. ISB's journal, the International Journal of Biometeorology, has increased the number of issues to 12 per year and added the Fields of 'Aerobiology', 'Climate Change and Ecology' and 'Climate Change and Public Health'...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647761/tourism-climatology-past-and-present-a-review-of-the-role-of-the-isb-commission-on-climate-tourism-and-recreation
#2
C R de Freitas
The Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) founded the Commission on Climate, Tourism and Recreation (CCTR) at the 15th International Congress of Biometeorology in Sydney, Australia in 1999. The aims of the CCTR are to bring together researchers from around the world to critically review the current state of knowledge in tourism and recreation climatology and explore possibilities for future research. Almost two decades on, research in tourism climatology has developed and expanded due in large part to the initiatives and activities of the CCTR and several collaborative research projects run under the auspices of the CCTR...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647760/dr-solco-tromp-and-the-tromp-award
#3
J Scott Greene, Wop J Rietveld
The Tromp Award is the highest honor awarded by the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB). The award acknowledges outstanding research in biometeorology by a scientist under the age of 35 and was established in conjunction with the Tromp Foundation and the ISB. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the ISB, this article will provide a brief summary of the life of Dr. Solco Tromp and of the six awardees of the Tromp Award since the inaugural issuance of the award in 1999. The Tromp Award was established in part to recognize and support the efforts of young biometeorological professionals...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646398/the-timing-of-bud-break-in-warming-conditions-variation-among-seven-sympatric-conifer-species-from-eastern-canada
#4
Sergio Rossi, Nathalie Isabel
Phenological changes are expected with the ongoing global warming, which could create mismatches in the growth patterns among sympatric species or create synchrony with insect herbivores. In this study, we performed a comparative assessment of the timings of bud break among seven conifer species of Eastern Canada by evaluating seedling development in growth chambers under different temperatures (16, 20 and 24 °C). Bud break occurred earliest in Larix laricina, while Pinus strobus and Pinus resinosa had the latest...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639035/mitigation-of-pedestrian-heat-stress-using-parasols-in-a-humid-subtropical-region
#5
Shinichi Watanabe, Jin Ishii
Concerns over heat illness have been an increasing social problem in humid subtropical regions. One measure for avoiding excessive heat stress in hot outdoor environments is the use of parasols or umbrellas. The advantage of parasols is that they are a mobile and inexpensive way to provide personal shade outdoors. The objectives of this study were to compare the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) under parasols and at an unshaded point as a reference, and to quantify the reduction in WBGT from the use of parasols in a humid subtropical region...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634659/effects-of-single-moor-baths-on-physiological-stress-response-and-psychological-state-a-pilot-study
#6
M Stier-Jarmer, D Frisch, C Oberhauser, G Immich, M Kirschneck, A Schuh
Moor mud applications in the form of packs and baths are widely used therapeutically as part of balneotherapy. They are commonly given as therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, with their thermo-physical effects being furthest studied. Moor baths are one of the key therapeutic elements in our recently developed and evaluated 3-week prevention program for subjects with high stress level and increased risk of developing a burnout syndrome. An embedded pilot study add-on to this core project was carried out to assess the relaxing effect of a single moor bath...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634658/the-utci-and-the-isb
#7
Gerd Jendritzky, Peter Höppe
Thermal effects of the environment are the most prominent environmental influences on the human body. Keeping the body core temperature in a narrow optimum range is the dominating physiological process. Thus, assessing thermal environments has been a major field in biometeorology for many decades, which is also reflected in the number of respective articles and their citations. In the early days of thermal assessments, simple indices only considering a few environmental parameters were used. The next step has been the development of heat budget models describing all relevant heat/energy fluxes to and from the human body...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620677/efficacy-of-peloid-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-lateral-epicondylitis-a-randomized-controlled-single-blind-study
#8
Burcu Metin Ökmen, Rıza Eröksüz, Lale Altan, Meliha Kasapoğlu Aksoy
The aim of this study was to assess the effect of peloid on pain, functionality, daily life activities, and quality of life of lateral epicondylitis (LE) patients. In this randomized, controlled, single-blind study, 75 patients who were diagnosed with chronic LE were enrolled to the study. Patients were randomized into two groups using the random number table. The patients in the first group (group 1) (n = 33), were given lateral epicondylitis band (LEB) (during the day for 6 weeks) + peloid therapy (five consecutive days a week for 2 weeks), and the second group (group 2) (n = 32), received LEB treatment alone...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612254/effect-of-urban-design-on-microclimate-and-thermal-comfort-outdoors-in-warm-humid-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
#9
Moohammed Wasim Yahia, Erik Johansson, Sofia Thorsson, Fredrik Lindberg, Maria Isabel Rasmussen
Due to the complexity of built environment, urban design patterns considerably affect the microclimate and outdoor thermal comfort in a given urban morphology. Variables such as building heights and orientations, spaces between buildings, plot coverage alter solar access, wind speed and direction at street level. To improve microclimate and comfort conditions urban design elements including vegetation and shading devices can be used. In warm-humid Dar es Salaam, the climate consideration in urban design has received little attention although the urban planning authorities try to develop the quality of planning and design...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607999/aerobiology-in-the-international-journal-of-biometeorology-1957-2017
#10
EDITORIAL
Paul J Beggs, Branko Šikoparija, Matt Smith
Aerobiology and biometeorology are related fields. Here we provide a broad review of aerobiology articles published in the International Journal of Biometeorology (IJB) over the past 60 years. We consider how the quantity of such work has varied over this period as well as which regions and countries have been the focus of such work, and where there is a relative paucity. We then focus on a number of highlights and themes in this research, including aerobiology and climate change and aerobiological modelling and forecasting...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589228/case-crossover-analysis-of-heat-coded-deaths-and-vulnerable-subpopulations-oklahoma-1990-2011
#11
Brianna F Moore, G Brooke Anderson, Matthew G Johnson, Sheryll Brown, Kristy K Bradley, Sheryl Magzamen
The extent of the association between temperature and heat-coded deaths, for which heat is the primary cause of death, remains largely unknown. We explored the association between temperature and heat-coded deaths and potential interactions with various demographic and environmental factors. A total of 335 heat-coded deaths that occurred in Oklahoma from 1990 through 2011 were identified using heat-related International Classification of Diseases codes, cause-of-death nomenclature, and narrative descriptions...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578481/the-association-of-air-temperature-with-cardiac-arrhythmias
#12
Viktor Čulić
The body response to meteorological influences may activate pathophysiological mechanisms facilitating the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in susceptible patients. Putative underlying mechanisms include changes in systemic vascular resistance and blood pressure, as well as a network of proinflammatory and procoagulant processes. Such a chain reaction probably occurs within the time window of several hours, so use of daily average values of meteorological elements do not seem appropriate for investigation in this area...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567499/synergistic-effects-of-temperature-and-humidity-on-the-symptoms-of-copd-patients
#13
Zhe Mu, Pei-Li Chen, Fu-Hai Geng, Lei Ren, Wen-Chao Gu, Jia-Yun Ma, Li Peng, Qing-Yun Li
This panel study investigates how temperature, humidity, and their interaction affect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients' self-reported symptoms. One hundred and six COPD patients from Shanghai, China, were enrolled, and age, smoking status, St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score, and lung function index were recorded at baseline. The participants were asked to record their indoor temperature, humidity, and symptoms on diary cards between January 2011 and June 2012. Altogether, 82 patients finished the study...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560466/real-life-effectiveness-of-spa-therapy-in-rheumatic-and-musculoskeletal-diseases-a-retrospective-study-of-819-patients
#14
Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
The objective of this study is to determine the use and efficacy of spa therapy in patients with a wide spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases under real-life clinical practice circumstances. In this retrospective observational study at the Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Department of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, the records of all adult patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases who were prescribed a spa therapy in various health resorts in Turkey between 2002 and 2012 were analyzed...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550343/the-association-of-ambient-temperature-with-incidence-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-a-short-timescale
#15
Jayeun Kim, Ho Kim
The body response time and an association between the exposure to outdoor temperature and cardiac arrhythmia were not fully understood. Hence, we further investigated the association between ambient temperature and the exacerbations of arrhythmia symptoms on a short timescale using the emergency department (ED) visit data. We used a total of 17,088 arrhythmia-related ED visits in Seoul, from 2008 to 2011 and fitted the model adjusting for other meteorological variables and air pollutants under the case-crossover analysis with the same year-month time stratification...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547481/changes-in-flowering-phenology-of-woody-plants-from-1963-to-2014-in-north-china
#16
Huanjiong Wang, Shuying Zhong, Zexing Tao, Junhu Dai, Quansheng Ge
Existing evidence demonstrates that the first flowering date (FFD) of most plant species became earlier in response to temperature increase over the past several decades. However, the studies on changes in flowering duration (FD) were limited. By using the non-parametric Theil-Sen estimator, this study investigated the temporal trends in 127 time series of FFD, end of flowering date (EFD), and FD of 97 woody plants from 1963 to 2014 at three sites (Harbin, Beijing, and Xi'an) in North China. The relationship between flowering phenophases and temperature was analyzed using two phenological models...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540492/comparison-of-the-temperature-mortality-relationship-in-foreign-born-and-native-born-died-in-france-between-2000-and-2009
#17
Luc Mercereau, Nicolas Todd, Gregoire Rey, Alain-Jacques Valleron
The daily temperature-mortality relationship is typically U shaped. The temperature of minimum mortality (MMT) has been shown to vary in space (higher at lower latitudes) and time (higher in recent periods). This indicates human populations adapt to their local environment. The pace of this adaptation is unknown. The objective of this study was to investigate the differences in the temperature-mortality relationship in continental France between foreign born and natives. Source data were the 5,273,005 death certificates of individuals living in continental France between 2000 and 2009 at the time of their death...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540491/a-temperature-dependent-physiologically-based-model-for-the-invasive-apple-snail-pomacea-canaliculata
#18
Gianni Gilioli, Sara Pasquali, Pablo R Martín, Nils Carlsson, Luigi Mariani
In order to set priorities in management of costly and ecosystem-damaging species, policymakers and managers need accurate predictions not only about where a specific invader may establish but also about its potential abundance at different geographical scales. This is because density or biomass per unit area of an invasive species is a key predictor of the magnitude of environmental and economic impact in the invaded habitat. Here, we present a physiologically based demographic model describing and explaining the population dynamics of a widespread freshwater invader, the golden apple snail Pomacea canaliculata, which is causing severe environmental and economic impacts in invaded wetlands and rice fields in Southeastern Asia and has also been introduced to North America and Europe...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540490/relationship-between-viticultural-climatic-indices-and-grape-maturity-in-australia
#19
C Jarvis, E Barlow, R Darbyshire, R Eckard, I Goodwin
Historical temperature data and maturity records were analyzed for 45 vineyard blocks in 15 winegrowing regions across Australia in order to evaluate the suitability of common viticultural indices to estimate date of grape maturity. Five temperature-based viticultural indices (mean January temperature, mean growing season temperature, growing degree days, biologically effective degree days, Huglin Index) along with four springtime temperature indices (mean and maximum temperature summations for September, October, and November; growing degree days and biologically effective degree days modified to include September) were compared to maturity data in order to investigate index relationship to observed maturity timing...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527153/the-rise-of-phenology-with-climate-change-an-evaluation-of-ijb-publications
#20
Alison Donnelly, Rong Yu
In recent decades, phenology has become an important tool by which to measure both the impact of climate change on ecosystems and the feedback of ecosystems to the climate system. However, there has been little attempt to date to systematically quantify the increase in the number of scientific publications with a focus on phenology and climate change. In order to partially address this issue, we examined the number of articles (original papers, reviews and short communications) containing the terms 'phenology' and 'climate change' in the title, abstract or keywords, published in the International Journal of Biometeorology in the 60 years since its inception in 1957...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
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