Using real-time data collection techniques, this study draws links between the microclimate and physical aspect of urban open spaces and people using these spaces.
Partner: RMIT University (2015)
The study aims to draw connections between physical characteristics and microclimate of urban open spaces and the satisfaction of users who frequent these spaces. The study piloted and trialled real-time data collection techniques which address traditional challenges seen in longitudinal studies on outdoor environment assessment. A feature in the design of urban outdoor spaces is microclimate. The evaluation of urban microclimates by means of comfort sensation and physiological temperature generally quantify the effects of urban environments with the use of thermal environmental indices. However, these outdoor comfort indices are underpinned by steady state models primarily developed for indoor applications and although modified for outdoor use, it is limited to accounting only for the effects of solar radiation. This study explores the applicability of these outdoor comfort indices via continuous monitoring of microclimate conditions and usage patterns of the urban outdoor spaces. Analyses of the pilot study results show observations pointing to a pronounced relationship between the thermal sense of people using the space and the environmental elements of thermal radiation, convection, contact thermal conductivity and humidity level not considered by the widely used outdoor thermal comfort indices.
Researchers: Dr Mary Myla Andamon, Mr Andrew Carre, Dr James PC Wong