International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 60, Issue 10, pp 1463–1479 | Cite as

Modeling and in situ measurements of biometeorological conditions in microenvironments within the Athens University Campus, Greece

  • Panagiotis T. NastosEmail author
  • Iliana D. Polychroni
Original Paper


The objective of this research is to assess and analyze the biometeorological perception in complex microenvironments in the Athens University Campus (AUC) using urban micromodels, such as RayMan. The human thermal sensation in such a place was considered of great significance due to the great gathering of student body and staff of the University. The quantification of the biometeorological conditions was succeeded by the estimation of the physiologically equivalent temperature (PET), which is a biometeorological index based on the human energy balance. We carried out, on one hand, field measurements of air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and global solar irradiance for different sites (building atrium, open area, and green atrium) of the examined microurban environment in order to calculate PET during January–July 2013. Additionally, on the other hand, PET modeling was performed using different sky-view factors and was compared to a reference site (meteorological station of Laboratory of Climatology and Atmospheric Environment, University of Athens). The global radiation was transferred to the examined sites with the RayMan model, which considers the sky-view factors for the adaptation of the radiation fluxes to simple and complex environments. The results of this study reveal the crucial importance of the existence of trees and green cover in a complex environment, as a factor that could be the solution to the efforts of stake holders in order to mitigate strong heat stress and improve people’s living quality in urban areas.


Biometeorological conditions Physiologically equivalent temperature Sky-view factor Complex microenvironment Athens 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Climatology and Atmospheric Environment, Department of Geography and Climatology, Faculty of Geology and GeoenvironmentUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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