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dc.contributor.authorMeze-Hausken, Elisabetheng
dc.date.accessioned2007-12-20T10:14:10Z
dc.date.available2007-12-20T10:14:10Z
dc.date.issued2007-02-19eng
dc.identifier.citationClimatic Change 89(3-4): 299-324en
dc.identifier.issn0165-0009eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1956/2515
dc.descriptionThis is the author-created final postprint peer-reviewed version of the article. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study is to explore the way climate creates thresholds within society. Both human physiology and the human mind determine when and where climate can trigger and influence human activities. By presenting a stimulus-response model, deliberate weather- and climate- related decisions (e.g. migration, clothing) and physiological responses in daily life (e.g. sweating) are placed in a broader theoretical context. While physiological thresholds can be described quantitatively to a certain extent, subjective thresholds may be illustrated in a predominantly qualitative manner through surrogates (surveys on wants or needs). Examples from the literature on climate thresholds for humans highlight the complexity of the issue: People have different thresholds, as they do not necessarily respond to the same stimuli in the same way. At the same time, given the same stimulus, an individual may perceive it, and thus react, differently at different times in their life. In many cases, the threshold rather specifies a bandwidth or transition zone than a particular point. The level of acceptance and the cultural, technological and genetic aspects of adaptation will decide how climate may influence human well-being and contribute in setting limits to society, for example where to live, what impacts to expect, and when and what decisions to take. Knowledge of the complexity of human thresholds can be an important supplement to the analysis of peoples’ vulnerability to climate change. When populations are vulnerable and thresholds are exceeded, only then will there be a measurable response.en
dc.language.isoengeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science+Business Media B.V.eng
dc.subjectClimate changeeng
dc.subjectWeathereng
dc.subjectThresholdeng
dc.subjectStimulus-response modeleng
dc.titleOn the (im-)possibilities of defining human climate thresholdseng
dc.typeJournal articleeng
dc.typePeer reviewedeng
dc.subject.nsiVDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Geofag: 450::Naturgeografi: 455nob
bora.peerreviewedPeer reviewedeng
bora.cristinID360963eng
bibo.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-007-9392-7eng
dc.identifier.cristinID360963eng
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-007-9392-7


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