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Behavioural Perspectives of Outdoor Thermal Comfort in Urban Areas: A Critical Review

Lookup NU author(s): Mohamed Elnabawy Mahgoub, Dr Neveen Hamza



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The thermal characteristics of outdoor urban spaces and the street networks connecting them are vital to the assessment of the liveability and sustainability of cities. When urban spaces are thermally comfortable, city dwellers spend more time outdoors. This has several benefits for human health and wellbeing, also reducing indoor energy consumption and contributing to local economy. Studies on outdoor thermal comfort have highlighted the need to develop interdisciplinary frameworks that integrate physical, physiological, psychological, and social parameters to assist urban planners and designers in design decisions. In this paper, an extensive literature review of outdoor thermal comfort studies over the past decade was undertaken, including both rational and adaptive thermal comfort approaches, from the contextualize the behaviour perspectives related to the use of urban space. Consequently, the paper suggests a comprehensive framework for evaluating the relationship between the quantitative and qualitative parameters linking the microclimatic environment with subjective thermal assessment and social behaviour. The framework aims to contribute to the development of exclusive thermal comfort standards for outdoor urban settings.

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Author(s): Elnabawi M, Hamza N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Atmosphere

Year: 2020

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 31/12/2019

Acceptance date: 24/12/2019

Date deposited: 31/12/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2073-4433

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/atmos11010051


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