Linking the 'in' and 'out:' new comfort goals for the rapidly urbanising equatorial tropical megacities in a changing climate

Rohinton Emmanuel*

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    Abstract

    Comfortable urban outdoors are increasingly becoming difficult in the rapidly urbanizing tropics. While global climate change partly explains this reality, haphazard urbanisation is the primary cause for street level discomfort in the equatorial tropics. The study of the problem, exemplified by the urban heat island effect, is relatively new in the region, leading to a paucity of urban design and planning exemplars to tackle the negative consequences. Based on fifteen years of research on the urban climate anomaly in the warm-humid areas of Sri Lanka, this paper presents key challenges to outdoor comfort in the equatorial tropics and posits a way forward to a new approach to equatorial urban thermal comfort. Data and equity dimensions are explored.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2010
    Event6th Windsor Conference on Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort - Windsor, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Apr 201011 Apr 2010
    Conference number: 6

    Conference

    Conference6th Windsor Conference on Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort
    Abbreviated titleWINDSOR 2010
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityWindsor
    Period9/04/1011/04/10

    Keywords

    • Equity
    • Outdoor thermal comfort
    • Tropical cities
    • Urban heat island

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction

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