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Urban Microclimate in the Desert: Planning for Outdoor Comfort under Arid Conditions

  • David Pearlmutter
  • Pedro Berliner


The attractiveness of a city is a matter of human perceptions, and the desert city has historically faced an image problem. The very word desert conjures up images of an inhospitable wilderness — hot, dry and dusty. By extension, the physical barrenness of the desert is often applied to urban culture, as a scarcity of life is translated to mean a scarcity of everything from grassy parks to good jobs.


Thermal Comfort Street Canyon Arid Zone Urban Canopy Energy Balance Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Pearlmutter
    • 1
  • Pedro Berliner
    • 1
  1. 1.J. Blaustein Institute for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevSede-Boker CampusIsrael

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