Cold stress and the scientific diver

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Title: Cold stress and the scientific diver
Author: Bachrach, AJ
Abstract: Temperature perception is a crucial problem for divers working in cold water, with the problem of silent or progressive hypothermia an important aspect of this lack of awareness of the onset of temperature change, particularly cold. The degradation by cold exposure (of diver performance) is a significant problem with cognitive and psychomotor task completion markedly affected by cold. Protection from cold exposure by wet suit and dry suit is far from optimal. Wet suits are effective only in preventing heat loss in the early part of a dive, and are not effective in deeper dives for long durations.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (
Date: 1985

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