I've been a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph, Canada for almost 30 years. During that time I've worked with a lot of bright and talented students and through our studies we've come to understand the atmospheric environment in new and often surprising ways. We've studied how elements in the landscape modify the different components of the microclimate, and how the microclimate affects the thermal comfort of people. By integrating these landscape architects can design environments that modify the microclimate to create thermally comfortable outdoor environments. This is particularly important in the context of global climate change and intensification of urban heat islands.
It's a delicate and unwieldy marriage between micrometeorology and landscape architecture, but through these blogs I hope to make the connections understandable and applicable.
Dr. Robert D. Brown, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph, Canada