Climatological aspects in locating settlements in arid regions

Arieh Bitan*

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In arid and semi-arid regions it is important to pay attention to climatic factors in locating and planning new settlements. Physical factors such as large differences in elevation over short distances, proximity to a large lake or the combination of the two factors, cause improvement of the climate. The central Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea could be a suitable area for proving these assumptions. A topo-climatological research has been performed in this region to help the planners in finding the best locations for new settlements. By using a "discomfort index", which is based on temperature and humidity, the influence of the above mentioned physical factors on local climate modification has been verified. Also, its importance in the improvement of the location of new settlements has been shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes


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