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Thermal comfort and outdoor activity in Japanese urban public places

Journal article
Authors Sofia Thorsson
Tsuyoshi Honjo
Fredrik Lindberg
Ingegärd Eliasson
En-Mi Lim
Volume 39
Issue 5
Pages 660-684
ISSN 0013-9165
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Pages 660-684
Language en
Keywords thermal comfort; physiological equivalent temperature; attitude; use; square; park
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences


Subjective thermal comfort and outdoor activity in a park and a square in a satellite city northeast of Tokyo were investigated through structured interviews, observations, and comprehensive micrometeorological measurements. Results showed that the park was on an average 1.1 degrees C cooler than the square. The relatively warmer thermal conditions in the square in comparison to the park resulted in a heat load of greater intensity for humans in the square. In general, there was a low relation between the thermal environment and the use of the two places in terms of total attendance. However, the use of the park was influenced more by the thermal conditions than by the use of the square, which can mainly be attributed to the different functions of the two places. Finally, examples of the differences between the use of the sun, the attitudes toward it, and outdoor exposure in Japan and Sweden are highlighted and discussed

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