Are you interested in human capacity and performance to function in extreme environments? Rescue services, disaster scenarios, adventure tourism, extreme sports?
From 2006 under spring term we give an elective course on Human performance in extreme environments (7.5 credits, in English)
How do physical components of the environment such as climate, fire, air pressure and cold water adversely affect human health, function, physical work capacity and well-being? People can be exposed to extreme conditions at work, in rescue services, as the result of major accidents, in adventure tourism and extreme sporting events. Knowledge about the related risks is relatively well developed but accessibility to it is limited for many exposed groups. In order to safely deal with such situations, those responsible need to keep up to date on the most recent applications from research. This is obviously crucial for rescue service personnel, but for managers, sports leaders and others as well who can benefit from having knowledge of people’s needs, physiology and limitations when designing activities that take place under extreme environmental conditions. The knowledge gained can also be used in designing products that function reliably in extreme settings.
Credits: 7,5 Grading scale: Pass/fail
Period: Course is given once per year in the spring (January-May). Detailed course information is available at LTH course page.
Time: day, 2 hours/week
Upon course completion the participants will have acquired:
- knowledge of the risks associated with exposure to extreme physical environments in working life, outdoor life, adventure tourism and extreme sports.
- knowledge of the physical environment and it effects on people’s health, work capacity, comfort and living conditions.
- knowledge of the principles and criteria for choosing strategies to reduce or eliminate the effects (e.g. though behaviour, choice of clothing or protective equipment).
- experience of using simulation models and of describing the interaction between the human and her environment.
- Health effects and other influences on people of physical environmental factors
- Extreme thermal environments: heat and cold, altitude, weightlessness, cold water and diving, oxygen deficiency, fire and polluted atmospheres
- Principles and strategies for determining risk
- Simulation models for determining exposure
- Prevention strategies
- Personal protective clothing
- National and international regulations and guidelines (e.g. EU directives, standards, policy documents) and their application
- Exercises and applications in, among others, a climate chamber
Mini project and written exam
The course is offered in English.
Course compendium written by Ingvar Holmér