The mixed results concerning the 'oasis effect' in a rural settlement in the Negev Desert, Israel

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Abstract

The development of an 'oasis effect' in Kibbutz Mash'abei-Sadeh, a rural farm settlement within the Negev Desert was examined. Measurements took place during four summer days (July 30-August 2, 2000). Data indicated that whereas a slight 'oasis effect' was noted in the morning and afternoon hours (although the temperature differences of up to 2.3°C between the kibbutz and its surroundings were not significant), an opposite tendency was noted during noontime and nighttime with kibbutz temperatures being higher than the surrounding desert. The results indicate the complex thermal picture. The various mechanisms and causes for these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-248
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

Keywords

  • Heat stress
  • Oasis effect
  • Rural settlement

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