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Climate and behaviour in a Nordic city
Urban Climate Group, Physical Geography, Department of Earth Sciences, Göteborg, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Department of Education and Psychology, Ämnesavdelningen för psykologi.
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för byggnadskvalitet.
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för byggnadskvalitet. Urban Climate Group, Physical Geography, Department of Earth Sciences, Göteborg, Sweden.
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2007 (English)In: Landscape and Urban Planning, ISSN 0169-2046, E-ISSN 1872-6062, Vol. 82, no 1-2, 72-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Four urban public spaces, representing various designs and microclimates, were investigated in Gothenburg, Sweden, in order to estimate how weather and microclimate affect people in urban outdoor environments. The research strategy was both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary and included scientists from three disciplines: architecture, climatology and psychology. The project is based on common case studies carried out during four seasons, including measurements of meteorological variables, interviews and observations of human activity at each place. Multiple regression analysis of meteorological and behavioural data showed that air temperature, wind speed and clearness index (cloud cover) have a significant influence on people's assessments of the weather, place perceptions and place-related attendance. The results support the arguments in favour of employing climate sensitive planning in future urban design and planning projects, as the physical component of a place can be designed to influence the site-specific microclimate and consequently people's place-related attendance, perceptions and emotions.

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2007. Vol. 82, no 1-2, 72-84 p.
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limate planning; Environmental design; Environmental psychology; Public spaces; Urban climate
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2899DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2007.01.020ISI: 000248929000008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34447311380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2899DiVA: diva2:119561
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