Journal article

Street Orientation and Side of the Street Greatly Influence the Microclimatic Benefits Street Trees Can Provide in Summer

Ruzana Sanusi, Denise Johnstone, Peter May, Stephen J Livesley

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY | AMER SOC AGRONOMY | Published : 2016

Abstract

Maintaining human thermal comfort (HTC) is essential for pedestrians because people outside can be more susceptible to heat stress and heat stroke. Modification of street microclimates using tree canopy cover can provide important benefits to pedestrians, but how beneficial and under what circumstances is not clear. On sunny summer days, microclimatic measures were made in residential streets with low and high percentages of tree canopy cover in Melbourne, Australia. Streets with east-west (E-W) and streets with north-south (N-S) orientation were repeatedly measured for air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, solar radiation, and mean radiant temperature on both sides of the street b..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was part of the City of Melbourne Research Project Fund. The authors thank the City of Yarra for giving us permission to conduct this research in Richmond, the Statistical Consulting Centre of The University of Melbourne for their help in the data analysis, and the other individuals involved indirectly in this project for their technical assistance and thoughtful suggestions.