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Investigation into outdoor thermal comfort conditions by different seasonal field surveys in China, Guangzhou

Fang, Zhaosong, Feng, Xiwen, Xu, Xiaoning, Zhou, Xiaoqing, Lin, Zhang, Ji, Ying
International journal of biometeorology 2019 v.63 no.10 pp. 1357-1368
bioclimatology, cities, microclimate, people, sensation, summer, surveys, temperature, thermal stress, winter, China
Outdoor microclimatic conditions strongly affect the thermal comfort of pedestrians. A transversal field survey was conducted in Guangzhou, together with micrometeorological measurements. The outdoor physiological equivalent temperature (PET) varied from 3 to 59 °C. Regression lines were obtained to establish correlations of the mean thermal sensation vote (MTSV) with the PET bins with a width of 1 °C. Furthermore, the thermal comfort range of PET, neutral PET (NPET), and preferred PET was analyzed. The results indicated that, for the young people, thermal comfort range of PET spanned from 19.2 to 24.6 °C. The NPET and preferred PET significantly differed in different seasons. The NPET was higher in the summer than that in the winter and transitional seasons. However, the preferred PET of the summer was lower than that of the winter. The PET limits of different thermal stress categories were also confirmed, which differed from those in other cities. Thus, the impacts of adaptation on thermal comfort range were significant for people in outdoor environment.