International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2569

Full Length Research Paper

Investigating biophysics and bioclimate effect on the health of tourists in Yazd Province using tourism climate index (TCI)

Ali Shakoor
Department of Geography, Marvdasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Marvdasht, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 14 October 2011
  •  Published: 09 November 2011



The ever growing challenges of life in the recent centuries, the spread of different physical and mental diseases, and inactivity due to the development of technology made human to think about taking step for decreasing these problems using natural graces. One of these graces is travel to regions which have proper environmental conditions, especially good climatic conditions in the whole or part of the year. For this purpose, Yazd province, due to having high tourism potential, has been selected for evaluation in this regard. Using tourism climate index (TCI) bioclimate index, this research has proceeded to evaluate climate comfort condition of Yazd province. For this purpose, 30-year (1976 to 2005) mean of the data from temperature, humidity, wind speed, rainfall, and sunlight hour of 5 cities of Yazd province, extracted from the site of national meteorology organization, have been used. Studying TCI index for different months and cities of the province, it has been found that the best climatic condition with regard to physical health for tourists is in the months of Oct. or Nov. with TCI coefficient of 87, and the worst month with TCI index mean of 51 is evaluated for July. In this province, the best seasons are respectively introduced as fall, spring, winter and summer, and considering all days of year, the most ideal bioclimate conditions with the emphasis on tourists’ health is seen in Anar region, the south west of the province, however, Yazd city is ranked as the most unfavorable city among the cities of the province.


Keywords: Environmental health, climate comfort, TCI index, tourism, Yazd province.


TCI, Tourism climate index; CID, daytime comfort index; CIA, daily comfort index.