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Benefits and Well-being Perceived by People Visiting Green Spaces in Periods of Heat Stress

Date: 2009

Evidence type: Research

Organisation: Journal of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening

Author(s): Lafortezza, R., Carrus, G., Sanesi, G. & Davies, C.

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Description

In urban environments, green spaces have proven to act as ameliorating factors of some climatic features related to heat stress, reducing their effects and providing comfortable outdoor settings for people. This paper presents results of a study conducted in Italy and the UK with the general goal to contribute to the theoretical and empirical rationale for linking green spaces with well-being in urban environments. Results indicate that longer and frequent visits of green spaces generate significant improvements of the percieved benefits and well-being among users. These results are consistent with the idea that the use of green spaces could alleviate the perception of thermal discomfort during periods of heat stress.

Key Messages

In the city, green spaces have proven to act as correcting factors of specific climatic features like air temperature exchange, smoothing or reducing their effects and providing better thermal comfort.

Green spaces are particularly beneficial to an improved urban microclimate through shading and evapotranspiration.

Green infrastructure type
Non-specific green infrastructure
Climate change role/function
Managing high temperatures

In terms of climate change, this research has demonstrated that green spaces have a demonstrable beneficial impact on human well-being.

Green spaces in the UK could be adapted for climate change by providing access to water and shade.

Green infrastructure type
Non-specific green infrastructure
Climate change role/function
Managing high temperatures; Managing water supply
Document Analysis

Complete

Level of document
Local
Geographical area to which document refers
United Kingdom
Is 'green infrastructure' mentioned?
No
Relevant to climate change...
Adaptation
Is it relevant to other (non-climate change) benefits of green infrastructure?
Yes
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