Trees and Human Comfort in Urban Areas
Author: Heisler, Gordon M.
Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 72, Number 8, 1 August 1974 , pp. 466-469(4)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:The most important contribution of trees to amelioration of urban microclimate is in interception of solar radiation. Shielding of long-wave radiation by trees has usually been underemphasized. Transpiration by trees may be important in urban energy budgets, but the total effect of transpiration by city trees is not well understood. Use of trees for control of air flow requires care because in summer increased wind speed is desired, but in winter trees can greatly increase human comfort by reducing wind speed. Metabolism and photosynthesis by trees have no significant impact on microclimate.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Research Forest Meteorologist, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Pennington, N. J.
Publication date: 1 August 1974
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