IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

March 25, 2017 in IAUC Statements

Mar. 24, 2017

IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

The International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) is a non-governmental organization representing the international urban climatological and meteorological community.  The IAUC fosters a view of a diverse and inclusive community of researchers, scholars, academics, students and others with interests related to the study of urban climate and meteorology.

The recently revised Executive Order, and its predecessor, issued by the President of the United States run counter to the ideals of the IAUC.  The IAUC identifies itself as a free and open society with three primary goals: to foster education and scholarship related to urban climate and meteorology, to facilitate communication with policy makers and end-users of urban meteorological and climatological data, and to encourage the use of urban climate and meteorological information in the design planning and operation of urban areas so that they may become safer, healthier and more sustainable.

We denounce this Executive Order and assert our support for all IAUC members.  The success of scientific and academic organizations depends on a willingness for open collaboration and exchange of information, people and ideas.  This order is detrimental to the scientific, educational and operational goals of the IAUC and to the aspirations of our members.  We urge the US Executive to reconsider the order.

We are committed to supporting all IAUC members who may be impacted by the Executive Order requiring travel to the United States to attend meetings sponsored by the IAUC including the upcoming ICUC-10, to take up visiting scientist appointments, for graduate studies, or for temporary or permanent employment in research centers and universities.  We will work with US organizations to develop processes by which we can minimize the impacts of any such order to our membership and their IAUC-related activities.

A pdf copy of this statement is available here.

Information Systems & Modeling PDF Los Alamos NM

March 18, 2017 in Positions

The primary purpose of this position is to initially develop a fast 3D wind solver for flow within wind farms based on the technology used in our Quick Urban & Industrial Complex (QUIC) wind solver for wind flow in urban areas. The long term objective is to contribute to the advancement of the state-of-the-art of LANL’s dispersion modeling tools.

See the full position description for details and how to apply.

Research Assistant Position – ZAMG

March 18, 2017 in Positions

The Department of Numerical Weather Prediction in the framework of the partial legal capacity of the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), 1190 Vienna, Hohe Warte 38, plans to strengthen its team and therefore is searching for a Research Position.
The new staff member will work on regional and urban climate modeling and participate in an international H2020 project. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated Climate Services Information System for applications in urban areas and traffic infrastructure.
For details see the full posting.

Call for Abstracts: Special Issue in International Journal of Biometeorology

March 1, 2017 in Meetings, Uncategorized

Call for abstracts for a Special issue in International Journal of Biometeorology: intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies and environmental psychology.

If you have been working in this area, please send us an abstract not longer than 300 words by 30th of April. Please send the abstract to: sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl, stating your name in the abstract file’s name. Subsequently, we will make a selection of promising contributions and discuss it with the Chief editor of IJB. Soon after, the selected authors will be asked to deliver a full manuscript (due 30th of September 2017), which will be subject to the double-blind review process of IJB. The review process will follow the usual procedure in which external reviewers assess the papers. We expect the first round of reviews to be completed in November.

Organizers: Marialena Nikolopoulou and Sanda Lenzholzer

Details:

The last few years have seen an increasing amount of work in a relatively new area of biometeorology, the intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies with environmental psychology. Focusing on people not as mere recipients of the complex radiation exchanges outdoors and processes aiming to reach equilibrium with the internal thermoregulatory processes, but actively engaging with the perception of these thermal processes has revealed a new perspective of understanding outdoor thermal experience, enriching the scientific discourse internationally.

This new focus on the more subjective human parameter has provided a complimentary paradigm, highlighting the importance of personal, behavioural and psychological factors in outdoor thermal perception. These new approaches have been increasingly adopted across the world at different geographic and climatic contexts and a lively interdisciplinary field of research has emerged.

In view of these developments, the International Journal of Biometeorology (IJB) being a leader in the field is developing a special issue reflecting the subjective side of outdoor thermal perception and comfort and suitable methods for such investigations.

From phenomenological perspectives encompassing multisensory sensations and the subjective interpretation of these as central themes of ‘thermal perception’, to advances in environmental psychology providing new ways of collecting data on people’s experience of their environment, and the influence of design in shaping our environment affecting thermal perceptions, we are aiming to represent the state-of-the art in the field and inform the scientific discourse. Papers are expected to vary from theoretical positions to field surveys with strong empirical data supporting the debate.

We hope that you can contribute to this special issue and look forward to receive your abstract!

For more information please contact Sanda Lenzholzer
Dr. Dipl. Ing. MA (AA), Associate Professor
Wageningen University & Research
Landscape Architecture Group
sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl

Dr Walter Dabberdt selected for 2016 Luke Howard Award

January 8, 2017 in Newsletter

The IAUC is pleased to announce that Dr Walter Dabberdt (Vaisala Group, USA) has been selected as the 2016 Luke Howard Award winner.

The full award citation is available in the just released Dec. 2016 issue of the Urban Climate News, or from the Luke Howard Award page.

Dec. 2016 issue of UCN available

January 8, 2017 in Newsletter

The December 2016 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents

News: Plea to US mayors • Breathe less? • Choking on smog • C40 Awards

Features:
CO2 fluxes in Auckland NZ
Energy & carbon balance in Shanghai

Project Reports:
Watering for heat-wave risk
Skin-surface UHI
Biogenic urban CO2

Special Reports:
Habitat III in Quito
Eighteen months of UC news: a review

Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: Walt Dabberdt selected for 2016 Luke Howard Award Award

 

Scientist position: Urban Climate under Change – Germany – Deadline 25 Jan. 2017

January 3, 2017 in Positions

Pending approval, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main (Germany) invites applications for a scientist position (full time, starting as soon as possible, ending 31. May 2019).

The position contributes to Module B (http://uc2-3do.org/) of the German research programme„ Urban Climate under Change“ (http://uc2-program.org/), which has been initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research programme intends to develop an innovative urban climate model that is able to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes for entire cities.

The position focuses on  measuring and evaluating computer simulated thermally driven winds (e.g. valley winds, park breezes) and their impact on ventilation and thermal hot spots in cities.

For further details please refer to  the job advertisement web site (only available in German language):  https://www.bav.bund.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/DE/DWD/20161945_0002_DWD.html
Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for the position and the application deadline is 25 January 2017.

Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site http://www.bav.bund.de/Einstieg-EBV

For more information – contact:   Meinolf Kossmann   meinolf.kossmann@dwd.de

 

Postdoctoral Associate @ ASU – Climate & Built Environment

December 15, 2016 in Positions

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applications for one non-tenure-track position at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate, supervised by Professor David Sailor, the Director of a new Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) at ASU.

This position presents a unique opportunity to contribute to and expand upon the research thrusts of several ongoing funded projects while also helping to develop new collaborative research efforts across the UCRC.

For further details please see: ASU Postdoc Position Description

Further inquiries should be made to Prof. David Sailor (David.Sailor@asu.edu)

EGU Session: CL2.02 Urban climate and urban biometeorology

December 5, 2016 in Meetings

CL2.02 Urban climate and urban biometeorology

As the most evident example of land use and land cover change, urban areas play a fundamental role in local to large-scale planetary processes, via modification of heat, moisture, and chemical budgets. With rapid urbanization ramping up globally it is essential to recognize the consequences of landscape conversion to the built environment. Given the capability of cities to serve as first responders to global change, considerable efforts are currently being dedicated across many cities to examine various adaptation and mitigation strategies aimed to offset impacts of rapidly expanding urban environments and influences of large-scale greenhouse gas emissions. This session solicits submissions, from both the observational and modeling communities, examining the spectrum of techniques in which cities can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The abstract submission deadline is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET.

Abstracts can be submitted for this session using the link: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/session/22751

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at: http://egu2017.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html

With best wishes,

Sorin Cheval, Matthias Demuzere , Hendrik Wouters , Matei Georgescu (EGU session conveners)

ESA Releases new “Global Urban Footprint” map

November 24, 2016 in Resources

IAUC Members may be interested in the newly available Global Urban Footprint map available from the European Space Agency.

 

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