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Factors of subjective heat stress of urban citizens in contexts of everyday life

Kunz-Plapp, Tina; Hackenbruch, Julia; Schipper, Janus Willem)

Abstract:
Heat waves and the consequent heat stress of urban populations have a growing relevance in urban risk management and strategies of urban adaptation to climate change. In this context, social science studies on subjective experiencing of heat as stress by urban citizens are a new emerging field. To contribute to the understanding of selfreported subjective heat stress and its major determinants in a daily life perspective, we conducted a questionnaire survey with 323 respondents in Karlsruhe, Germany, after heat waves in July and August 2013. Statistical data analysis showed that subjective heat stress is an issue permeating everyday activities. Subjective heat stress at home was lower than at work and in general. Subjective heat stress in general, at home, and at work was determined by the health impairments experienced during the heat and the feeling of being helplessly exposed to the heat. For subjective heat stress at home, characteristics of the residential building and the built environment additionally played a role. Although the rate of implemented coping measures was rather high, coping measures showed no uniform effect for the subjective heat stress. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000064655
Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.5194/nhess-16-977-2016
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Zitationen: 7
Web of Science
Zitationen: 6
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI)
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1561-8633, 1684-9981
urn:nbn:de:swb:90-646557
KITopen-ID: 1000064655
HGF-Programm 12.01.02 (POF III, LK 01)
Erschienen in Natural hazards and earth system sciences
Band 16
Heft 4
Seiten 977-994
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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