Glossary of Terms on Animal Housing: Interconnecting Engineering, Physical and Physiological Definitions


  • Panagiotis Panagakis Assistant Professor, Agricultural University of Athens
  • Victoria Blanes-Vidal University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering
  • Thomas Banhazi South Australian Research and Development Institute, University of Adelaide
  • Jose Carlos Barbosa Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Dept. of Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Ephraim Maltz Dept. of Growing Production and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan
  • Vasco Da Cruz University of Evora, Dept. of Agricultural Engineering, Evora
  • Daniel Berckmans M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Animal Housing is a multidisciplinary scientific area that requires the establishment and use of a standardized vocabulary that provides consistency and reduces misunderstandings among scientists with diverse background or Nationality. A first report-dictionary entitled ‘Glossary of Terms on Animal Housing: Basic Engineering, Physical and Physiological Definitions’ has been prepared within the framework of Working Group ‘Animal Housing in Hot Climate’ established under CIGR - Section II. The glossary makes reference to Engineering, Thermal Biology and Environmental Physiology disciplines and it aims at (1) setting-up uniformity in Animal Housing terms pertaining to climatization field of study and to (2) serve as a focal point for the development of valuable new terms and definitions, and become a functional tool for all those involved in the subject. Besides, the glossary can eventually become a background document for opening-up further discussions on the meaning of various terms used in Animal Housing.






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