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A Comparison Of Environmental Data Recorded By On-Site Heat Stress Monitors To Meteorological Station Data Provided By The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration

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Title:A Comparison Of Environmental Data Recorded By On-Site Heat Stress Monitors To Meteorological Station Data Provided By The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Authors:Sumida, Marissa
Contributors:Athletic Training (department)
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Proper evaluation of the thermal environment is necessary for determining appropriate parameters for safe athletic participation with reduced risk of heat stress. The presence of microclimates has been shown to affect the ability to generalize activity modification recommendations across locations near each other. This study evaluated the differences in heat index (HI) and wet bulb globe temperature index (WBGT) between on-site measurements at secondary schools in Hawai`i and data collected by the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorological station to each school. Flag categories based on NOAA HI and WBGT were underestimated more than 60% of days analyzed compared to on-site data. Majority of schools were recommended to use on-site data based on significant differences. The presence of microclimates in Hawai`i affect the ability to utilize NOAA data for determining activity modifications for reducing risk of heat stress, therefore on-site HI and WBGT are most appropriate and recommended.
Description:M.S. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62179
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