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Application of thermal discomfort indices for the coastal zone of Black Sea, in Dobrogea Region


The main goal of this paper is to establish the thermal comfort or thermal discomfort conditions for the coastal zone of Black Sea, in Dobrogea region (Romania). In the last century there have been many efforts to assess the degree of thermal discomfort and heat stress for different types of climates and taking into account as many climate variables. The thermal discomfort is difficult to be quantified because it is necessary to consider a range of environmental and human factors to decide what makes a person to feel thermal comfortable. This article is divided into three sections. First section presents the indices used in determining thermal discomfort, in the second section are presented: the main climatic characteristics of the Dobrogea region and the data and methods used in determining thermal discomfort indices. Section three is dedicated to results and discussion.