What is thermal stress? How has it evolved until now? Why is it important for our future?
Lobelia developed for ECMWF, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the Thermal Stress Story Hub, a virtual space where you can explore thermal stress evolution across the world from 1980 to 2100. Through different stories Lobelia team guides you in understanding how thermal stress is and will affect our lives now and in the future.
The Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) is an indicator to express in °C the thermal well being of a person in relation to the surrounding environment (Bröde et al. 2011).
It indicates the real temperature perceived by a human body based on a series of external variables, not limited to air temperature. Thermal stress is divided into 10 stress categories ranging from extreme heat stress to extreme cold stress.