Effect of Kuwait oil field fires on human comfort and environment in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

The plumes from the Kuwait oil field fires reduced hemispheric solar radiation by 26–36% during January–June 1991 in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

James J. Riley; Neal G. Hicks; T. Lewis Thompson

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • The plumes from the Kuwait oil field fires reduced hemispheric solar radiation by 26–36% during January–June 1991 in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
  • Residents feel noticeably cooler even though air temperatures have not been lowered significantly.
  • These observations support human comfort theories and demonstrate the importance of shade to comfort.
  • The desirability of complete solar radiation measurements, including those of diffuse radiation, is indicated.

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