9 Advancements in Forecast Technology For Improving Heat Safety in Sports

Monday, 7 January 2013
Exhibit Hall 3 (Austin Convention Center)
Wes Hyduke, Schneider Electric, Minneapolis, MN

Handout (4.1 MB)

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature is a composite temperature indicator, calculated using a formula that factors the effect of temperature, humidity, wind speed, and solar radiation on humans. The utilization of Wet Bulb Globe Temperature as the key assessment of heat stress on the human body continues to gain momentum throughout the athletic industry, from the student-level up to professional organizations. An enhanced forecast technology surrounding Wet Bulb Globe Temperature will be discussed, detailing existing peer-reviewed methodology, the integration of advanced meteorological datasets, user-defined alerting criteria, and location-based alerting, to provide schools, medical staff, and coaches with flexibility and accuracy in making operational decisions pertaining to athlete safety.
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