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Analysis of Ankara urban area from human bioclimatologic point of view

Author(s): Onur Çalışkan | Necla Türkoğlu

Journal: International Journal of Human Sciences
ISSN 1303-5134

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 978;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Bioclimatology | physiological equivalent temperature | thermal perception | physiological stress grade | Ankara.

In this study, the Physiological Equivalent Temperatures (PET) of different land patterns in the Ankara urban area has been analyzed. The spatial distribution and temporal variation of the thermal perceptions and the grades of thermal stress caused by the thermal conditions have been determined for 00:00, 03:00, 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 21:00 hours during the December and July of 2010. The effects of physiographic features such as elevation, aspect, slope, and especially land use, on the PETs have also been examined. According to the analysis which is carried out by using PET thermal perception index, in the research area the thermal comfort values varies around from -6 to -11°C in winter and from 13°C to 50°C in summer. In both periods the open spaces (grasslands) of the city forests have the maximum PET values during the day. Either in December and in July the urban area (city center) has and cool island during the day and has a heat island during the night.
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