Impact of peak period visits on the Postojna Cave (Slovenia) microclimate
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Cave air temperature, carbon dioxide concentrations in the cave air and external air temperature were analysed at several locations in Postojna Cave over the course of six holiday periods in 2009–2011. The results show that a 1-day increase in visitor numbers from 200 to 3,500 raised the cave air temperature by a maximum of 0.5 °C. The air temperature increases are within the annual range of cave air temperature variations. A fivefold increase in visitor numbers resulted in a carbon dioxide concentration that was at least twice as high as normal. The carbon dioxide concentration increased from 450 to 1,750 ppm (December 2009–January 2010). After 10 days of peak period visits, both the CO2 concentration and the temperature returned almost to the pre-holiday values. The gradual increase in mean annual air temperature in the cave (2004–2010) is not related to the number of visitors but to outside climate conditions.
Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol. 111, no. 1-2 (2013).
Holiday Period, Visitor Number, Cave Entrance, Tourist Path, Recession Limb
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Holiday Period; Visitor Number; Cave Entrance; Tourist Path; Recession Limb
Šebela, Stanka; Prelovšek, Mitja; and Turk, Janez, "Impact of peak period visits on the Postojna Cave (Slovenia) microclimate" (2013). KIP Articles. 2698.