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Comment by Chris Mackey on April 21, 2015 at 6:35pm

Hi Ethan,

Mostapha pointed you in the right direction.  Specifically, you want to check out the Publications part of their website:

http://www.utci.org/utci_doku.php

Also, this publication summs up that cases that they wanted UTCI to be used:

http://www.utci.org/isb/documents/windsor_vers04.pdf

True to the name, UTCI is intended to be universally applicable and was made with surveys conducted across the planet and with funding from an international entity (the International Society of Biometeorology).  Still, I believe that there are some biases that we cannot avoid, like the fact that many of the scientists who helped make the standard were from Germany and Northern Latitudes.  However, these types of biases are usually implicit in almost any comfort standard these days and the consensus over the broad comfort science community is that UTCI seems to do the best job at minimizing these local biases out of the alternative metrics that exist.

-Chris

Comment by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari on April 21, 2015 at 5:30pm

Hi Ethan, I just forwarded your question to Chris who knows much more than I about thermal comfort. Meanwhile you can read more about UTCI here: http://www.utci.org/

Comment by Ethan on April 19, 2015 at 11:39pm
I guess what I'm really asking is how universal is the UCTI? was it made with a sampling of North American or European population? Or can this indicator be used in hotter climates as well (middle east?) where people may be more tolerant of heat... Thanks
Comment by Ethan on April 19, 2015 at 11:03pm
Mostapha- amazing work with these tools. Is there any documentation about the studies and population demographics used to create the Universal Thermal Climate Index? Thanks! -Ethan

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