microclimate


mi·cro·cli·mate

noun \ˈmī-krō-ˌklī-mət\

Definition of MICROCLIMATE

:  the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat
mi·cro·cli·mat·ic \ˌmī-krō-klī-ˈma-tik\ adjective

Origin of MICROCLIMATE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1925

microclimate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Climatic condition in a relatively small area, within a few feet above and below the Earth's surface and within canopies of vegetation. Microclimates are affected by such factors as temperature, humidity, wind and turbulence, dew, frost, heat balance, evaporation, the nature of the soil and vegetation, the local topography, latitude, elevation, and season. Weather and climate are sometimes influenced by microclimatic conditions, especially by variations in surface characteristics.

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