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Weihs, P; Staiger, H; Tinz, B; Batchvarova, E; Rieder, H; Vuilleumier, L; Maturilli, M; Jendritzky, G; .
(2012): The uncertainty of UTCI due to uncertainties in the determination of radiation fluxes derived from measured and observed meteorological data.
Int J Biometeorol. 2012; 56(3):537-555 FullText FullText_BOKU

In the present study, we investigate the determination accuracy of the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI). We study especially the UTCI uncertainties due to uncertainties in radiation fluxes, whose impacts on UTCI are evaluated via the mean radiant temperature (Tmrt). We assume "normal conditions", which means that usual meteorological information and data are available but no special additional measurements. First, the uncertainty arising only from the measurement uncertainties of the meteorological data is determined. Here, simulations show that uncertainties between 0.4 and 2 K due to the uncertainty of just one of the meteorological input parameters may be expected. We then analyse the determination accuracy when not all radiation data are available and modelling of the missing data is required. Since radiative transfer models require a lot of information that is usually not available, we concentrate only on the determination accuracy achievable with empirical models. The simulations show that uncertainties in the calculation of the diffuse irradiance may lead to Tmrt uncertainties of up to +/- 2.9 K. If long-wave radiation is missing, we may expect an uncertainty of +/- 2 K. If modelling of diffuse radiation and of longwave radiation is used for the calculation of Tmrt, we may then expect a determination uncertainty of +/- 3 K. If all radiative fluxes are modelled based on synoptic observation, the uncertainty in Tmrt is +/- 5.9 K. Because Tmrt is only one of the four input data required in the calculation of UTCI, the uncertainty in UTCI due to the uncertainty in radiation fluxes is less than +/- 2 K. The UTCI uncertainties due to uncertainties of the four meteorological input values are not larger than the 6 K reference intervals of the UTCI scale, which means that UTCI may only be wrong by one UTCI scale. This uncertainty may, however, be critical at the two temperature extremes, i.e. under extreme hot or extreme cold conditions.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Rieder Harald
Weihs Philipp
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