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A primer on clothing systems for cold-weather field work

Open-File Report 89-415

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Abstract

Conducting field work in cold weather is a demanding task. The most important safety consideration for field personnel is to maintain normal body temperature and avoid hypothermia.

The human body adjusts to cold temperatures through different physiological processes. Heat production is enhanced by increases in the rates of basal metabolism, specific dynamic action, and physical exercise, and heat loss is reduced by vasoconstriction.

Physiological adaptations alone are inadequate to stop rapid heat loss in cold temperatures. Additional insulation in the form of cold-weather clothing is necessary to retain heat.

The most practical method of dressing for winter conditions is the layering system. Wearing multiple thin layers allows one to fine tune the insulation needed for different temperatures and activity levels.

Additional publication details

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
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
v, 14 p.