Abstract

In the wake of climate change, cities need to adapt to global warming. In this context, the use of afforestation to improve the microclimate may assist in raising the quality of life for population. This objective requires research that analyzes how the variations in parameters related to canopy dynamics, such as the leaf area index (LAI) and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) can influence thermal comfort indices. To contribute to this research, this study measured the air temperature, relative air humidity, PAR, and LAI on a monthly basis from July, 2017, to June, 2018, in an urban park in a tropical region of Brazil. Kriging maps were created for the heat index (HI), and multiple polynomial regression models were adjusted to estimate the HI using PAR and LAI data. After defining the models, positive and negative variations of LAI were tested to observe if any changes in HI occurred. The simulated results showed greater sensitivity to negative variations in LAI, in which a 50% reduction in LAI decreased the HI by 28%, particularly during the dry period.

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WILLIAN ZANGESKI NOVAIS, DANIELLE DA SILVA BATISTA, RENATA LUISA FERREIRA, ROBERTA DANIELA DE SOUZA, THIAGO FERNANDES, CARLO RALPH DE MUSIS, Jonathan. Influence of Leaf Area Index on the Heat Index of a Tropic Urban Park. Global Journal of Human-Social Science Research, [S.l.], oct. 2021. ISSN 2249-460X. Available at: <https://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/3811>. Date accessed: 29 jan. 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.34257/GJHSSBVOL21IS3PG67.