Thermal Comfort Conditions and Evaluation of the Thermal Bioclimate Index PET in Two European Cities During Summer

  • A. Tseliou
  • I. X. Tsiros
  • M. Nikolopoulou
  • S. Lykoudis
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)


This study examines the thermal comfort conditions in open urban areas of two European cities with different climatic characteristics. The aim is to obtain values of the neutral temperature based on data from field surveys that included microclimatic monitoring and structured questionnaires. The presented data covered summer measurements and conducted in Athens (Greece) and Kassel (Germany) while the actual thermal sensation votes (ASV) data expressed on a five-point scale. The values of air temperature in which occupants of two examined cities feel thermal comfort are estimated. Results show that higher neutral temperature values in comparatively warmer environments are indicative of adaptation of the occupants to the thermal environment. The results for the two examined cities show that people are well adapted to their local environment.


Thermal Comfort Thermal Environment Thermal Sensation European City Warm Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tseliou
    • 1
  • I. X. Tsiros
    • 1
  • M. Nikolopoulou
    • 2
  • S. Lykoudis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geological Sciences and Atmospheric EnvironmentAgricultural University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Kent School of ArchitectureUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  3. 3.Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable DevelopmentNational Observatory of Athens, I. Metaxa & V. PavlouP PendeliGreece

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