Protected Area Environments: Airflow, Comfort and Habitability

Protected Area Environments: Airflow, Comfort and Habitability

Satyajit Ghosh, Dhruv Gangadharan and Arvind Siddhartha Mukherjee
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The iconic Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in South India have been revisited by the authors in this book. This book’s discourse delineates step-by-step, the process of quantifying comfort levels of lions and tigers within these protected areas. It is seen that the Predicted Mean Vote values -measures of thermal comfort- exceed comfortable ranges. This calls for a detailed exploration on sustainable development in protected areas. Four diverse chapters illustrate how modern tools in Computational Fluid Dynamics are used along with standard ecological methods to ascertain the extent of airflow, levels of hydration and land-use pattern changes affecting the prevailing micro-climate. The intimate relationship between man and animal and its portrayal in Tamil and Masai literature and other art forms have been discussed and placed in context with stunning photo-graphical renditions of topography, flora and fauna. This adds a new dimension to the book – protected areas call for dialogues at many levels -technical, social and above all, aesthetic. The book, with its lush coffee-table appeal, should be compulsive reading for all animal lovers, environmental scientists and landscape architects worldwide.