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Human thermal comfort — Climate research at the Gardens

Cho Kwong Charlie Lam, PhD candidate from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University, will be presenting preliminary findings from his research.

Background and aim of the project

Thermal comfort is the condition of mind that expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment (how warm or cold we feel). Moreover, cultural, physiological and psychological factors influence the perceptions of thermal comfort. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the importance of thermal comfort in urban planning, using the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) Melbourne and Cranbourne as case studies. The survey will address the following research question: what are the perceptions of the visitors’ thermal comfort in the RBG's in summer?

Importance of the project

Understanding the variability of temperature and thermal comfort in the RBG will contribute to our understanding of how different landscapes and microclimates can influence visitor's experiences in hot or cold conditions. It is expected that this the project will help inform future RBG developments, including landscape succession plans to prepare for the projected climatic conditions of the 2070's. Furthermore, the project’s findings will help address possible ways to accommodate visitors to the garden, in light of the likely decreased human thermal comfort due to increasing temperatures.


Wednesday 12 November


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