Gerald Mills receives the 2021 Luke Howard Award

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

Dr. Gerald Mills, winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award

The IAUC is delighted to announce Dr Gerald Mills of University College Dublin, Ireland, as the winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Gerald is an influential urban climatologist and a remarkable researcher, widely known for his numerous scientific contributions, his genuine passion for the subject and its history, his generosity as a mentor and his exceptional dedication to the urban climate community.

Gerald’s research has had substantial impact across many areas of urban climatology. These include the urban heat island, modelling the urban canopy, the surface energy balance at multiple scales, indoor and outdoor climates, the links between cities and global climate change and the importance of sustainable urban design. He has been instrumental in the WUDAPT initiative and is now perhaps even more widely known as a co-author of the Urban Climates textbook, which has become one of the key texts not only for urban climatologists but also for multiple disciplines interested in the urban environment. Alongside these scientific contributions, Gerald has amassed an impressive knowledge of the history of urban climate. He has brought the work of early pioneers to the attention of the present-day community with remarkable commitment and enthusiasm. He can recite long passages of Luke Howard’s The Climate of London and has reedited this book, line by line, to make it available again for the scientific audience. For this alone, Gerald would be a worthy recipient of the Luke Howard Award.

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Benjamin Bechtel, Leena Järvi and Iain Stewart receive 2021 Timothy Oke awards

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

In this second year of the IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology, we are delighted to announce that three awards will be made: Professor Benjamin Bechtel, at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Associate Professor Leena Järvi, at the University of Helsinki, Finland; and Dr Iain D. Stewart, Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. These three exceptional early-to mid-career researchers have each made major contributions to the field of urban climate, with their high quality, high impact and highly relevant work.

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Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo and Natalie Theeuwes elected on IAUC board

2021-10-05 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

Natalie Theeuwes

Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo

The IAUC welcomes and congratulates our two new elected IAUC Board members, Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo from the University of Reading and Natalie Theeuwes from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute who will join the Board. Vincent and Natalie will replace Benjamin Bechtel from Ruhr University Bochum and Chao Ren from The University of Hong Kong. We also thank Benjamin and Chao for their commitment and contributions to IAUC while serving on the Board.


IAUC webinar on thermal remote sensing of urban climates

2021-08-31 in Events

The seminar will feature two thought leaders, Prof. Voogt (left) and Prof. Bechtel (right) discussing the state-of-the-art and future directions of deploying remotely-sensed data in urban climate research.

The IAUC is pleased to invite you to the 5th IAUC webinar on September 8 13:00 UTC on thermal remote sensing of urban climates will explore the growing use of thermal remote sensing in urban climate research while detailing fundamental definitions and applications of this methodology.

The seminar talks will be given by Professor Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum) on “Challenges of global SUHI analysis” (~15 mins) and by Professor James Voogt (University of Western Ontario) discussing “(In)complete urban surface temperatures” (~15 mins). This is facilitated Q&A and discussions (~ 30 mins).

Use this link to register. We are looking forward to your joining this webinar and celebrating and engaging with the urban community.

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Urban Climate News June 2021

2021-07-12 in Newsletter

Issue 80, June 2021

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 80, June 2021) is now available. President Nigel Tapper reports on the ongoing challenges and severe restrictions of international travel to and from Australia that unfortunately continue to impacts the planned ICUC-11 in 2022 and the needs to further postpone ICUC-11. The newsletter further features a story of collaboration on urban climate between PhD graduates. A project report highlights the interactions between urban environments with regional climate change. Further the news that past IAUC president Professor Sue Grimmond was awarded the prestigious Symons Gold Medal of the Royal Meteorological Society. Finally the newsletter features calls for two new board members and lists the latest statistics on membership diversity.

IAUC Board: Call for two nominations

2021-07-12 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements, Members

We are calling for nominations for two new members of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) for the term 2022 – 2025. This is to replace Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Chao Ren (The University of Hong Kong) whose terms on the Board expire in 2021. We thank Benjamin Bechtel and Chao Ren for their commitment and contributions to IAUC while serving on the Board.

The Board is seeking new members eager to play an active role in the development of the Association and who reflect the diversity of our membership. The deadline for nominations is August 31 2021, 11:59 pm (UTC).

The IAUC is committed to and promotes inclusive and equitable participation of a diverse community in its membership. Based on our diversity statement, we strongly encourage nominations of candidates who diversify the board in terms of fields of study, geographical location, gender, etc. We further encourage nominations of young scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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Be aware of fraudulent IAUC emails

2021-07-05 in IAUC Statements

During recent days, several IAUC members have confirmed that they received fraudulent emails seemingly originating from our president or board members with subjects like “IAUC LOGISTICS SUPPORT REQUEST” asking for bank information and personal data. Please be careful and do not respond to such emails. IAUC would never ask for such information by email. The emails do not originate from our president, the board member nor any member of the IAUC community even if they are signed with proper names and original email addresses. We are currently investigating if and possibly how IAUC membership emails were obtained and ensure our true emails are have an electronic certificate.

Past-IAUC president Sue Grimmond receives prestigious Symons Gold Medal 

2021-06-08 in Awards, Members

Professor Sue Grimmond, past IAUC president, has received the Royal Meteorological Society’s prestigious Symons Gold Medal. The Symons Gold Medal is awarded every two years to recognise notable work in connection with meteorological science. 

Professor Grimmond’s nomination recognises her research excellence in understanding urban climates, her outstanding contribution to improving the environment in cities around the world, and the selfless fostering of young researchers. Her long-term observations and unique datasets have had a significant impact on weather and climate predictions and understanding the effects of air pollution, which has influenced long-term urban planning and policy. Through her work with leading organisations such as the World Meteorological Organization, Met Office and the IAUC, she has ensured that cutting edge science can be translated into operational services for the built environment. 

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Fourth IAUC webinar – Local climate zones

2021-05-05 in Events, Webinar

Iain Stewart (left) and Matthias Demuzere (right) will present on the history, use and future directions of the LCZ system

The IAUC is pleased to invite to a fourth IAUC webinar on May 27 14:00 UTC where we will discuss past, current, and future research related to local climate zones (LCZs) with the world’s experts. Nowadays, the LCZ classification system is used in many studies, ranging from measurement site classification, urban planning, to numerical weather prediction. In this webinar the following presenters will explore how the LCZ’s came into being and how they can be used.

  • Dr Iain Stewart (University of Toronto, Canada ) “Personal reflections on the LCZ classification system”
  • Dr Matthias Demuzere (Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany) “LCZ mapping, a means to many ends”
  • Facilitated Q&A and discussions (~ 40 mins)

We are looking forward to your joining this webinar and celebrating and engaging with the urban community. Use this link to register.

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Call for nominations – 2021 Luke Howard Award

2021-04-08 in Awards

The IAUC is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2021 ‘Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.’ The Luke Howard Award may be given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of urban climatology in a combination of research, teaching, and/or service to the international community of urban climatologists.

The IAUC is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Therefore, we particularly encourage nominations for suitable candidates from undermrepresented groups.

The intent to nominate is due by Friday 2 May 2021. Full packages have to be submitted by Friday 25 June 2021.

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