The influence of warm weather and outdoor - environment design on preschoolers physical activities and thermal comfort
The purpose of this project is to investigate how weather and the design of preschool's outdoor environment affect preschooler’s outdoor activities and thermal comfort. We will use meteorological observations and model simulations to create thermal maps of selected preschools, and children's activity and thermal comfort will be observed.
We will study how the outdoor thermal environment differs between preschools and also how heat stress is expected to change in a future climate. Furthermore, pre-school teacher’s knowledge how heat affects children's movement and well-being will be examined. The result will provide knowledge of the linkage between weather and children's outdoor activities and thermal comfort as well as how to best design preschool outdoor environments in order to promote children's movement and well-being.