Nominations open for 1 new IAUC Board Member

August 7, 2016 in Positions

We are now calling for nominations for 1 new member of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate. This is to replace Andreas Christen of University of British Columbia whose term expires in 2016.

The Board seeks members eager to play an active role in the development of the society and who reflect the diversity of the membership in terms of their perspectives, fields of study and geographical location; we particularly encourage nominations of female members. The procedures for Board elections are available at the IAUC website: follow IAUC Procedures and Administrative Matters under ‘Organisation’ in the main navigation menu). To see the present composition of the IAUC board, see the Current Board Members.

13th Symposium on the Urban Environment

August 1, 2016 in Meetings

13th Symposium on the Urban Environment

Seattle, Washington (USA) January 22-26, 2017

The theme for the 2017 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting is “Observations Lead the Way”. The theme conveys that our first priority should be to obtain the necessary observations and information to address data needs for NWP, climate, situational awareness, economic value of forecasts, societal impacts, etc. Thus we need data-driven and science-driven decisions to move our community and society forward.

Under the auspices of the proposed theme, topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can be explored at the 13th Symposium on the Urban Environment.

Papers and posters are invited on all subjects dealing with urban environment issues, including in-situ and remote-sensing observations, modeling, theoretical, forecasting, and applied studies such as societal and economic impacts of urbanization.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 8 August 2016

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See the full call for papers at:

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

August 1, 2016 in Meetings

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016
5-9 September 2016 | Shanghai, China


The programme for Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 is now available for download at

At the Summit expert keynote speakers and panellists will lead discussion on a range of interdisciplinary topics influencing our built environment, the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities and what strategies and models will drive their transition to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Keynote talks and panel sessions will be supplemented by workshops, around 100 contributed presentations and extensive poster sessions covering a variety of cross-sector and cross-discipline research topics including urban climate and climate change adaptation.

PhD position at KU Leuven (Belgium)

July 16, 2016 in Student_Positions

A PhD position (4year period) on urban climate modeling in Africa, is available at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences KU Leuven, Belgium.

For details and how to apply, please see the full position description.


AGU Session: Urban Areas and Global Change

July 16, 2016 in Meetings

The AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco 12-16 December 2016 will include a session: “Urban Areas and Global Change”. Abstracts are invited broadly from the urban climate, ecology, flux, biogeochemistry, and related urbanization policy and social science fields.

DEADLINE: 3 August, 11:59 P.M. EDT
For more information and to submit an abstract, please see:

Summer 2016 edition of the Urban Climate News

July 14, 2016 in Newsletter

The  Summer 2016 edition of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents
News: Mapping urbanization • Birds stressed out • India forests 200 cities
Feature: A new anthropogenic heating database developed for US cities
Projects: The microclimatic effects of urban form and atmospheric stability
Special Reports: Climatic “memory”: The ancient olive trees of Jerusalem
Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: IAUC has signed a new agreement of cooperation with WMO

Training Workshops: Data Assimilation and Intro to the WRF model

June 10, 2016 in Meetings, Resources

Two training workshops will be held on Sunday, 11 September 2016 in Trieste, Italy, in connection with the EMS Annual meeting & ECAC Conference ( ):

– Workshop: Basic Data Assimilation Concepts:  

– Training workshop on: Introduction to the WRF model:  

Early bird registration is possible until 15 June 2016, next week. The registration deadline for both workshops is 09 July.

For more information, contact
Gert-Jan Steeneveld

Post-doctoral position on urban climate modeling: Environment Canada

June 10, 2016 in Positions

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and its Meteorological Research Division (MRD), located in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, invites applications to an open post-doctoral position. The position is located in the Numerical Prediction Research section (better known as Recherche en prevision numerique – RPN) and is co-funded by the Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec (INSPQ) and Health Canada. The RPN laboratory is internationally recognized for its research related to the development of dynamical and physical aspects of atmospheric modelling systems, and has the mandate of implementing and improving operational numerical environmental prediction systems at the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC).

Benefits and conditions for the post-doctoral position are based on the program of Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories of the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

The salary is approximately $60,000 Canadian per year. Funding is available for a period of two years, possibly renewable for a third year. The preferred starting date is 3 October 2016 (but could be later depending on candidates availability).

The primary focus of this work is on the evaluation of the impact of urban planing strategies on heat-related meteorological aspects, in particular for areas with larger socioeconomic risks in the eastern part of the Montreal metropolitan area (starting with a project of land-use modifications along one of the highway). ECCC’s sub-km atmospheric model and high-resolution Surface Prediction System (SPS) both including representation of urban processes will be used and developed as part of this project. Numerical experiments will be conducted to evaluate the impact of modified landscape on near-surface meteorology and heat stress indicators during selected periods of intense heat. In addition to these urban planning and mitigation experiments, the SPS system will be tested and implemented as a forecasting tool for all major cities in Canada.

Enquiries and applications including a short statement of motivation, CV, list of publications, and contact information for two professional referees can be directed to:

Dr. Stephane Belair
Environment and Climate Change Canada
2121 Trans-Canada Highway, 5th floor
Dorval, Que., Canada, H9P 1J3

PhD Position: University of Reading & Met Office

June 10, 2016 in Positions

Surface fluxes, temperatures and boundary layer evolution at the building greyzone in London

Supervisors: Prof Sue Grimmond (University of Reading), Dr Sylvia Bohnenstengel (Met Office@ Reading), Dr Humphrey Lean (Met Office@ Reading), Dr Martin Best (Met Office, Exeter)

Funding: NERC Case Studentship (with the Met Office)  (You need to have been in the UK for 3 years or longer, if not in the UK  for three years but from EU – fees only). Expect or have a first class honours degree or distinction in a relevance Masters programme

Description: see PhD Position: U Reading & Met Office.


 Questions  Prof Sue Grimmond:

Scientist Position: Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of German Met Service

June 3, 2016 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main invites applications for a scientist position (100%, temporary for 2 years) presumably starting August 1st, 2016.

The position focuses on the development and implementation of an automatic data pre-processing tool for high-resolution urban climate model applications and an evaluation study for German cities.

The position contributes to the Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation (Copernicus).  The research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure intends to develop and implement Copernicus services for public requirements in Germany.

For further details please refer to the job advertisement web site (only available in German language):

Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for the position. The application deadline is 10 June 2016.

Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site
For additional information, contact Dr. Saskia Buchholz

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