Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Miscellanea Geographica

Regional Studies on Development

4 Issues per year

CiteScore 2016: 0.40

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.227
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.404

Covered by e.g. Web of Science Core Collection by Clarivate Analytics, and SCOPUS by Elsevier
14 points in the Ministerial journal value rating scale

Open Access
See all formats and pricing
More options …

Assessment of Regional Bioclimatic Contrasts in Poland

Krzysztof Blażejczyk
Published Online: 2012-08-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0004-7

Assessment of Regional Bioclimatic Contrasts in Poland

Traveling is one of most popular tourism activity. Usually it is associated with the change of climate conditions. In a short time we can move to different environment and our organisms are under great pressure of atmospheric stimuli which have diverse level and range of variability in comparison to home location. The general climate information seem to be insufficient to be prepared to new conditions. The paper presents new complex index which can be used to assess contrasts of bioclimatic conditions (BCI). It was applied to compare differences in bioclimatic conditions in six stations represented various bioclimate regions of Poland: Koszalin (Coastal region), Białystok (North-East region), Warszawa and Wrocław (Central region), Rzeszów (South-East region) and Hala Gąsienicowa (Tatras, Carpathians region).

Keywords: bioclimate differences; acclimatisation; bioclimatic index; bioclimatic stress

  • Beaumont van W., Bullard R. W., 1965, Sweating: Direct influence of skin temperature. Science, 147, 3664, 1465-1467.Google Scholar

  • Blanc le J., 1975, Man in the cold. Ch. C. Thomas Publ., Springfield.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., 2001, Bilans cieplny człowieka jako narzędzie badań bioklimatycznych. [Human heat balance as a tool in bioclimatic research]. Przegląd Geograficzny, 73, 4, 535-554.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., 2003, Biotermiczne cechy klimatu Polski [Biothermal features of the climate of Poland], Przegląd Geograficzny, 75, 4, 525-543.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., 2004, Bioklimatyczne uwarunkowania rekreacji i turystyki w Polsce [Bioclimatic conditions of recreation and tourism in Poland], Prace Geograficzne IGiPZ PAN, 192, 291.Google Scholar

  • Blazejczyk K., 2007, Multiannual and seasonal weather fluctuations and tourism in Poland. [in:] B. Amelung, K. Blazejczyk, A. Matzarakis (eds.), Climate Change and Tourism Assessment and Copying Strategies, Maastricht-Warsaw-Freiburg, 69-90.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., Broede P., Fiala D., Havenith G., Holmér I., Jendritzky G., Kampmann B., Kunert A., 2010, Principles of the new Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) and its application to bioclimatic research in European scale. Miscellanea Geographica, 14, 91-102.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., Epstein Y., Jendritzky G., Staiger H., Tinz B., 2011, Comparision of UTCI to selected thermal indices. International Journal of Biometeorology, DOI 10.1007/s00484-011-0453-2.CrossrefWeb of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., Matzarakis A., 2007, Assessment of bioclimatic differentiation of Poland based on the human heat balance. Geographia Polonica, 80, 1, 63-82.Google Scholar

  • Błażejczyk K., Szyguła Z., 2004, Wpływ gorącego otoczenia na zdolność wysiłkową sportowca. Jak przygotować zawodnika do startu w Igrzyskach Olimpijskich w Atenach? [Influence of hot environment on physical efficiency during Olympic Games in Athens]. Sport Wyczynowy, 42, 5/6, 45-63.Google Scholar

  • Bogucki J. (ed.), 1999, Biometeorologia turystyki i rekreacji [Biometeorology of recreation and tourism]. AWF, Poznań.Google Scholar

  • Bröde P., Fiala D., Blazejczyk K., Holmér I., Jendritzky G., Kampmann B., Tinz B., Havenith G., 2011, Deriving the Operational Procedure for the Universal Thermal Climate Index UTCI. Int J Biometeorol, DOI 10.1007/s00484-011-0454-1.PubMedWeb of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Burton A. C., Edholm O. G., 1955, Man in a cold environment. E. Arnold Publ., London.Google Scholar

  • Clark R. P., Edholm O. G., 1985, Man and his thermal environment. E. Arnold Ltd., London.Google Scholar

  • Dubaniewicz H., Nurek T., Zawadzka A., 1988, Biometeorologia turystyki, Wybrane zagadnienia z biometeorologii człowieka, cz. I. [Biometeorology of tourism, part I], AWF, Gdańsk.Google Scholar

  • Dubaniewicz H., Nurek T., Zawadzka A., 1989, Biometeorologia turystyki, Wybrane zagadnienia z biometeorologii człowieka, cz. II. [Biometeorology of tourism, part II].AWF, Gdańsk.Google Scholar

  • Fiala D., Lomas K. J., Stohrer M., 1999, A computer model of human thermoregulation for a wide range of environmental conditions: The passive system. Journal of Applied Physiology, 87 (5), 1957-1972.Google Scholar

  • Fiala D., Lomas K. J., Stohrer M., 2001, Computer prediction of human thermoregulatory and temperature responses to a wide range of environmental conditions. International Journal of Biometeorology, 45, 143-159.Google Scholar

  • Fourt J., Hollies N. R. S., 1970, Clothing. Comfort and function. M. Dekker Inc., New York.Google Scholar

  • Freitas de C. R., Grigorieva E. A., 2009, The Acclimatization Thermal Strain Index (ATSI): a preliminary study of the methodology applied to climatic conditions of the Russian Far East. International Journal of Biometeorology 53, 307-315.Web of ScienceGoogle Scholar

  • Freitas de C. R., Grigorieva E. A., 2010, Prediction of acclimatization thermal loading for individuals travelling between climatic extremes. [in:] Matzarakis A., Mayer H., Chmielewski F.-M. (eds.), Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Biometeorology. Berichte der Meteorologische Institut, Universität Freiburg, 20, 364-369.Google Scholar

  • Garden J. W., Wilson I. D., Rasch P. J., 1966, Acclimatization of healthy young adult males to a hot-wet environment. Journal of Applied Physiology, 21, 2, 665-669.PubMedGoogle Scholar

  • Givoni B., Goldman R. F., 1973, Predicting effects of heat acclimatization on heart rate and rectal temperature. Journal of Applied Physiology, 35, 6, 875-879.PubMedGoogle Scholar

  • Holmér I., 1988, Assessment of cold stress in terms of required clothing insulation - IREQ. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 3, 159-166.Google Scholar

  • ISO/DC 11079, Evaluation of cold environments. Determination of required clothing insulation. International Organisation of Standardization, Geneva.Google Scholar

  • Jendritzky G., Dear de R., 2008: Adaptation and the Thermal Environment. [in:] Ebi K. L., Burton I., McGregor G. (eds.) Biometeorology for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change: Research Frontiers and Perspectives. Springer, Heidelberg. 9-32.Google Scholar

  • Kenney W. L., 1985, A review of comparative responses of men and women to heat stress. Environmental Research, 37, 1, 1-11.PubMedCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Kozłowska-Szczęsna T., Błażejczyk K., Krawczyk B., 1997, Bioklimatologia człowieka. Metody i ich zastosowania w badaniach bioklimatu Polski [Human bioclimatology. Methods and applications in research on the bioclimate of Poland], Monografie 1, Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania, PAN.Google Scholar

  • Krawczyk B., 1993, Typologia i ocena bioklimatu Polski na podstawie bilansu cieplnego ciała człowieka [Typology and evaluation of Poland's bioclimate based on human heat balance], Prace Geograficzne, Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania (IGiPZ), PAN, 160p.Google Scholar

  • Krawczyk B., 2001, Ryzyko wystąpienia stresu ciepła w wybranych uzdrowiskach polskich [Hazard of heat stress in selected Polish health resorts], Balneologia Polska, 43, 1-2: 88-93.Google Scholar

  • Mateeva Z., Filipov A., 2003, Bioclimatic distance index in the Rila and Rhodopy area of Bulgaria. [in:] Błażejczyk K., Krawczyk B., Kuchcik M. (eds.), Postępy w badaniach klimatycznych i bioklimatycznych. Prace Geograficzne IGiPZ PAN, 188, 295-302.Google Scholar

  • Parsons K. C., 2003, Human thermal environments: the effects of hot, moderate, and cold environments on human health, comfort and performance. - Taylor & Francis, London, New York, pp. 527Google Scholar

  • Rusanov, V., 1989, Appraisal of Meteorological Conditions defining Human Respiration. Bull. Rus. Academy of Medical Sciences, 1, 57-60.Google Scholar

About the article

Published Online: 2012-08-13

Published in Print: 2011-01-01

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Volume 15, Issue , Pages 79–91, ISSN (Online) 2084-6118, ISSN (Print) 0867-6046, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0004-7.

Export Citation

This content is open access.

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in