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Perceived Influence of Trees, Greens in Open Spaces on microclimate: A Case Study of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.  

A.I. Okunlola1 , T.A. Ewulo1 , K.E. Owolabi1 , J.O. Okunlola2 , I.A. Balogun3
1. Department of Crop, Soil and Pest Management, Federal University of Technology P.M.B 704 Akure Ondo state Nigeria
2. Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, Federal University of Technology P.M.B 704 Akure Ondo state Nigeria
3. Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology P.M.B 704 Akure Ondo state Nigeria

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International Journal of Horticulture, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0005
Received: 02 Jan., 2016    Accepted: 14 Feb., 2016    Published: 05 Apr., 2016
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Okunloa A.I., Ewulo T.A., Owolabi K.E., Okunlola J.O., and Balogun I.A., 2016, Perceived influence of trees, greens in open spaces on microclimate: a case study of the federal university of technology, Akure, International Journal of Horticulture, 6(5): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2016.06.0005)

Abstract

Trees and green in open spaces impact people’s lives positively by ameliorating the effect of climate change. The study therefore assessed perceived influences of trees and greens in open spaceson microclimate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Specifically, the study evaluated the perception of staff and students about the university landscape and its effects on the microclimate and residents on campus. Snowballing techniques were used to select 88 respondents including staff and students from which data were collected with the use of well-structured interview schedule. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study indicated that majority (59.1%) of the respondents were male, while (47.7%) of the respondents were between the ages of 21-30 years. Respondents asserted that good landscaping contribute to the serenity of the environment (80.2%), 61.7% believe that landscape contributes to environmental quality while (47.6%) asserted that landscape provides comfort to life, in all (48.9%) asserted that the university is beautifully landscaped to ameliorate microclimate. Therefore, green and trees should be incorporated to the built environment within the campus to enhance environmental quality. 

Keywords
Landscape; Green Space; Environmental quality; Thermal comfort
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