In addition to wind conditions, the summer comfort expertise looks into further meteorological factors such as solar radiation, temperature and air humidity. Thus, thermal comfort is achieved.
Pleasant wind and therefore high wind comfort is only one factor contributing to a sense of well-being outdoors. For human comfort the interaction of sun, air humidity and temperature plays an important role as well. Temperatures of approx. 30°C may feel unbearable in combination with high air humidity while people enjoy dry heat and a pleasant breeze.
In order to create even more awareness of the necessity of climate change adaptation in Austria’s municipalities and cities and to subsequently support them in the implementation of climate change adaptation measures, Weatherpark is an active part of the non-profit initiative KlimaKonkret. As the first major campaign, the initiative sent out thousands of KlimaKonkret plans. Using the example of a prototypical Austrian community, these show how climate-friendly design can succeed.
Built-up areas such as squares, skyscrapers and low buildings influence wind conditions and the perception of sun, temperature and air humidity. Weatherpark looks into these interactions and suggests measures to improve thermal comfort and thus the well-being of residents and passers-by. Due to climate change, overheating of urban areas will be a major topic in urban planning in the next years and decades. Future-oriented planning can create pleasant conditions e.g. by sufficient shading, planted areas and water expanses with a cooling effect.