Accession Number : AD0437923


Title :   THE HUMAN THERMAL ENVIRONMENT IN A WET TROPICAL AREA (OPERATION SWAMP FOX II),


Corporate Author : HUMAN ENGINEERING LABS ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD


Personal Author(s) : Woodward,Arthur A


Report Date : Jan 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 41


Abstract : During Operation SWAMP FOX II observations were made on the human thermal environment during tehe tropical rainy season in Panama. This report gives hourly measurements, for 43 consecutive days, for air temperature, humidity, air movement, solar radiation, and WBGT Index. The results show the importance of knowing hourly variations in environmental variables in assessing the severity of the thermal environment to men. Conditions severe enough to affect human performance adversely occurred only during the four middle hours of the day. The results indicate the primary importance of solar radiation in determining whether the thermal environment will become stressful to humans. The inadequacies of standard meteorological data for estimation of human thermal stress are discussed. (Author)


Descriptors :   *HIGH TEMPERATURE , *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , BEHAVIOR , TROPICAL REGIONS , RAINFALL , PANAMA , ATMOSPHERIC MOTION , EXPERIMENTAL DATA , PHYSIOLOGY


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE