Effect of Urban Greenery on Indoor Environmental Quality (PhD Project)

This PhD study aims to determine the influence of urban greenery on the indoor environment using the concept of ecosystem services. Sensor-based physical measurement systems will be integrated with the measurement of human well-being based on the socio-economic valuation of ecosystem services (e.g. quantifying effects on costs of energy and health care, and perception of landscape quality). The outcome of this study is expected to advance the development and utilization of sensor systems for measuring and adjusting (regulating) indoor environment quality in an effective and cost-efficient manner.


  • Identify the influence of urban greenery on the indoor environment, and analyze and predict the effects of changes in these services on human well-being.
  • Design an operational protocol for conducting actual measurements and experiments on the influence of urban greenery on indoor air quality and micro-climate by using sensor devices.
  • Establish an advanced method to measure and evaluate noise abatement provided by urban greenery, integrating sensor measurements of the soundscape and social surveys of human health and public perception.
  • Analyze the effects of (changes in) the urban green landscape on the indoor environment by using an existing simulation model and then build a new dynamic model based on the measurement data and building characteristics, and compare the results with the simulation results.
  • Analyze the socio-economic importance of the contribution of the services provided by urban greenery to indoor environmental quality.