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Microclimate assessment method for urban design: A case study in subarctic climate
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6075-9885
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6831-8857
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8870-2626
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Urban Design International, ISSN 1357-5317, E-ISSN 1468-4519, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 116-131Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interest in climate-sensitive urban design has grown in recent decades. Nevertheless, there are various difficulties associated with such an approach. One of these is the lack of simple comfort assessment tools. This paper presents a method for microclimate assessment that is composed of a wind comfort analysis and a microclimate assessment based on measuring a combination of solar access and wind velocity. The study includes analysis of a proposed urban project situated in Kiruna, a Swedish town located in the subarctic region of the country. The results from the simulations were then overlaid to produce combined microclimate maps for three specific dates: winter solstice, spring equinox and summer solstice. The maps illustrate relative microclimate differences between areas in the proposed project based on combinations of wind/lee and sun/shadow conditions. The outcomes showed that only a small proportion of the area studied had favourable microclimate conditions at the winter solstice and spring equinox. The thermal comfort Index OUT_SET* was calculated for the summer solstice in the study area. Comparisons between the spatial distribution of OUT_SET* values and the microclimate assessment map showed a large degree of correlation. The method is intended to be a simple and representative evaluation of microclimate

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Vol. 23, no 2, p. 116-131
Keywords [en]
microclimate assessment, outdoor comfort, wind comfort, urban design, subarctic climate, Civil engineering and architecture - Architecture and architectural conservation and restoration
Keywords [sv]
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Arkitektur och bebyggelsevård
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Architectural Engineering
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-12071DOI: 10.1057/udi.2015.26ISI: 000455278000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85050957324Local ID: b1edd3cf-8278-43ef-881b-cf27748aa7ceOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-12071DiVA, id: diva2:985021
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-08-07 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2019-01-28Bibliographically approved

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Ebrahimabadi, SaeedJohansson, CharlottaRizzo, AgatinoNilsson, Kristina

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