Definition of microclimate in US English:

microclimate

noun

  • The climate of a very small or restricted area, especially when this differs from the climate of the surrounding area.

    • ‘When the marshland dried up, the microclimate changed, reducing rainfall, increasing desertification and causing dust storms of potentially toxic particles from the marsh residue.’
    • ‘In the San Francisco Bay area alone, we have a huge diversity of microclimates.’
    • ‘Because of the shade and buffering from seasonal weather extremes, the microclimate in the woods may also support more and better forage growth during seasonal extremes.’
    • ‘Generally, we take a microclimate to be the climate of a small environment such as a town, forest or garden.’
    • ‘The only relief from this cold is that some of the trees in conifer forests seem to grow so close together that they encourage a microclimate, which usually has less extreme temperatures.’
    • ‘The area features a wide range of soils and microclimates, and is known for Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling.’
    • ‘Seven thousand feet up, it is a volcano crater with more microclimates than you can shake a meteorologist at.’
    • ‘What is it with the microclimate of this valley?’
    • ‘Strong variation in slopeaspect at Sedgewick suggests that local microclimates should also differ significantly over small spatial scales as a result of topography.’
    • ‘The far western end of the Santa Ynez Valley is open to the sea, which brings maritime fogs and cooling sea breezes into the microclimate of the valley - ideal for the cultivation of classic grape varieties.’
    • ‘By planting large palms to create deep shade, and laying an irrigation system, they were able to create a tropical microclimate in the dry, Beverly Hills climate.’
    • ‘A microclimate, which is a variation in the climate on a local level caused by topography or human activities or dwellings, is in one sense proof that man plays an important role regarding the earth's climate.’
    • ‘Roofs covered in greenery reduce stormwater runoff, minimize heat gain, temper the microclimate, and improve the view.’
    • ‘The herb spiral has two diverse microclimates, ranging from a sunny, dry area on the upper southern half to a shaded, moist area on the north and around the base.’
    • ‘I live in an area of microclimates, where the weather can be completely different around the corner.’
    • ‘These improve the microclimate by evaporation in hot weather.’
    • ‘Large overhead structures will change in response to sun, wind, and other factors of the local climate and thereby create more comfortable microclimates below.’
    • ‘Located 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, the island is slightly less than twice the size of Arizona yet has six different microclimates ranging from rain forest to desert.’
    • ‘Common use of the term microclimate to describe the climate of a vineyard site, hillside, or valley is clearly wrong.’
    • ‘There are also microclimates, which are differences within the normal climate of a region.’

Pronunciation

microclimate

/ˈmaɪkroʊˌklaɪmət//ˈmīkrōˌklīmət/