Investigation of the relationship between acoustic perception and thermal comfort of an urban park in Aachen
* Presenting author
In soundscape studies, several aspects should be considered during field surveys, such as acoustic and visual perception, air quality conditions, context, physiological and psychological conditions, cognitive background, thermal comfort, etc. Recent studies on the association between acoustic perception and thermal comfort in different recreational spaces were conducted during a single season. In this paper, we report a study with a refined approach performed during different seasons that aims at establishing a relationship between objective (i.e. acoustic, psychoacoustic, meteorological and thermal comfort indices) and subjective (i.e. meteorological, background noise and sound sources perception) data collected at an inner-city park site. We are investigating the direct relationship of thermal comfort and acoustical perception. To minimize the variance of other parameters which can influence the final outcome, such as context, landscape perception and cognitive background, we selected a sample of subjects that participated in more than one soundwalk, during different seasons, on the same study site. To describe statistically the relationship between acoustic perception and thermal comfort aspects it will be used Canonical Correlation Analysis.