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|Title: ||A regional survey of emerging hot climate conditions in Portugal and the new challenge to animal housing|
|Authors: ||Fitas da Cruz, Vasco|
Barbosa, José Carlos
|Keywords: ||Hot climate|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||SEAG- Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture, Brisbane|
|Citation: ||Fitas da Cruz, Vasco; Baptista, Fátima; Corte-Real, J.M.; Barbosa, José Carlos; Menezes, I. (2009) - A regional survey of emerging hot climate conditions in Portugal and the new challenge to animal housing. In Proceedings of the 2009 CIGR International Symposium of the Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture "Agricultural Technologies in a Changing Climate”. Brisbane|
|Abstract: ||Portugal, located in the South-western Europe, is characterised by a Mediterranean climate with hot
and dry summer.
According to data from Portuguese IM (Instituto de Meteorologia) during the last decade, summer
temperatures tend to be higher, and several heat waves have occurred, with temperatures above 40
oC. During summer, days with high temperatures and heat waves are becoming more and more
common in Portugal. The past four summers have been among the hottest ever registered.
These frequently high temperatures can cause problems in intensive animal production. In most
cases, the livestock buildings are not prepared for animal production under high temperatures and
most of them do not have environmental control equipments adequate to control indoor
environment under such conditions.
From a geographical point of view, and examining climatic data, we find two regions (Alentejo and
Trás-os-Montes) where high temperatures are more usual and summer tend to be hot. In these two
regions, livestock is quite relevant and have a great significance to the regional economy.
Two locations were chosen in these regions to register and analyse air temperature in order to
identify the occurrence of hot climate conditions; and to evaluate its influence on the inside animal
|Peer Reviewed: ||yes|
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