Thermal comfort observations in the City of Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2014
Urban climate monitoring systems was established in Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2014. This system is based on the Local Climate Zones (LCZ) classification system, GIS model calculations and field work.
In the built-up area of Novi Sad (55 km2) 7 LCZ types and 2 LCZ land cover types in nonurban environment in the vicinity of the city were delineated. 27 stations equipped with air temperature and relative humidity sensors were distributed across all LCZs. This system provided 10-minute measured temperature and relative humidity data, as well as calculated human comfort (Psychologically Equivalent Temperature - PET) index values since June 2014. Suitability of the developed monitoring system for human comfort observations in different built-up areas of the city and its surroundings was investigated.
Preliminary results showed that during heat waves PET index had surplus values (>6°C) in midrise LCZ type compared to the nonurban areas (LCZ D – low plants), while human thermal comfort differences among other built-up LCZs were smaller. As expected, largest differences occurred during evening and nocturnal hours.