Outdoor thermal comfort and outdoor activities: A review of research in the past decade
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AbstractOutdoor spaces are important to sustainable cities because they accommodate pedestrian traffic and outdoor activities, and contribute greatly to urban livability and vitality. In the global context of climate change, outdoor spaces that provide a pleasurable thermal comfort experience for pedestrians effectively improve the quality of urban living. The influence of thermal comfort on outdoor activities is a complex issue comprising both climatic and behavioral aspects; however, current investigations lack a general framework for assessment. This paper presents a review of research over the past decade on the behavioral aspects of outdoor thermal comfort. The article focuses on perceptions of outdoor thermal comfort and the use of outdoor space in the context of urban planning. We further discuss a general framework for assessing outdoor thermal comfort based on behavioral aspects and the need for predicting tools in the design and planning of outdoor thermal comfort. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
All Author(s) ListChen L., Ng E.
Journal nameCities
Detailed descriptiondoi:10.1016/j.cities.2011.08.006.
Volume Number29
Issue Number2
PublisherPergamon Press Ltd.
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages118 - 125
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsOutdoor activity, Outdoor comfort, Urban microclimate

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