A primer on clothing systems for cold-weather field work

Open-File Report 89-415



Hypothermia in cold environments can be prevented by physiological adaptation and by the proper use of cold weather clothing. The human body adjusts to cold temperature by increasing the rates of basal metabolism, specific dynamic action, and physical exercise. Heat loss is reduced by vasoconstriction. Clothing systems for cold weather reduce loss by providing insulation and protection from the elements. Satisfactory cold- weather clothing is constructed of wool fabrics or the synthetic fibers polypropylene and polyester. Outerwear suitable for cold climates is insulated with down, high-loft polyester fiberfills, or the new synthetic thin insulators. (USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A primer on clothing systems for cold-weather field work
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 89-415
DOI 10.3133/ofr89415
Edition Revised 1993
Year Published 1993
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey ; Books and Open-File Reports Section [distributor],
Description v, 16 p. :ill. ;28 cm.
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