The Ski Climate Index (SCI): fuzzification and a regional climate modeling application for Turkey

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Climatology has increasingly become an important discipline for understanding tourism and recreation, especially in the era of contemporary climate change. Climate indices, in this respect, have been useful tools to yield the climatic attractiveness of tourism destinations as well as in understanding their altering suitability to various tourism types along with the changing climates. In this study, a major gap for a comprehensive climate index tailored for ski tourism is aimed to be fulfilled. For this purpose, initially the Ski Climate Index (SCI) is specified, based on fuzzy logic and as informed by literature and through extensive co-creation with the ski tourism industry experts, and applied to an emerging destination, Turkey, based on regional
climate modeling projections. The index is designed as a combination of snow reliability and aesthetics and comfort facets, the latter of which includes sunshine, wind, and thermal comfort conditions. Results show that the Eastern Anatolia region is climatically the most suitable area for future development, taking account of the overriding effects of natural and technical snow
reliability. Future research suggestions include the incorporation of more components into the index as well as technical recommendations to improve its application and validation.

Authors Demiroglu, Osman Cenk; Turp, Mustafa Tufan; Kurnaz, Mehmet Levent & Abegg, Bruno
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Biometeorology
Language English
Keywords Ski Climate Index (SCI), Fuzzy logic, Ski tourism, Climate change, Regional climate modelling, Turkey
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 2020
Publisher Springer
Number of Pages 15
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-020-01991-0
Depositing User Bruno Abegg
Date Deposited 02 Dec 2020 09:55
Last Modified 02 Dec 2020 10:05
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261572

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Demiroglu, Osman Cenk; Turp, Mustafa Tufan; Kurnaz, Mehmet Levent & Abegg, Bruno (2020) The Ski Climate Index (SCI): fuzzification and a regional climate modeling application for Turkey. International Journal of Biometeorology,

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