Variations of the Effective Temperature Index (ET) in Kenya
Author: Makokha, G.L.
Source: GeoJournal, Volume 44, Number 4, 1998 , pp. 337-343(7)
Abstract:Using the Effective Temperature Index (ET) as a measure of climatic comfort conditions in Kenya, this study analyses its spatial, seasonal and diurnal variations. This index is computed using data collected from 57 weather stations spread throughout the country. Isarithmic mapping technique and the conditioning square method are used in this analysis. The results indicate that there exists in Kenya marked spatial, seasonal and diurnal variations of climatic comfort conditions. A classification of the country using this index and the Terjung (1968) system of climatic classification yields six climatic comfort zones. This type of physio-climatic studies has significant implications for Kenya in aspects such as building, clothing, recreation and sporting.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Kenyatta University, Geography Department, P.O. Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya
Publication date: January 1, 1998