New IAUC Board Executive

June 6, 2018 in Newsletter

Please join me in welcoming our new Board Executive: President-Elect, Nigel Tapper (Monash University, Australia) and Secretary-Elect Andreas Christen (University of Freiburg, Germany).

Nigel is a current member of the IAUC Board completing a 4 year term as an elected Board Member. Andreas rejoins the Board after serving a 4 year term as an elected Board member from 2012-2016.

They will begin their 4 year terms in August at the time of ICUC-10.

Thanks to Secretary David Sailor and Past-Secretary Rohinton Emmanuel for their help in running the search and election process on behalf of the Board.

 

Call for papers: Special Issue “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes”

June 6, 2018 in Journal Special Issue

Dear Colleagues,
Prof. Eberhard Parlow and I are serving as Guest Editors for a Special Issue entitled “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes” for the Remote Sensing journal. We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/urban_energy
The submission deadline is 30 June 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.
Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (remotesensing@mdpi.com), if possible.
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. The Article Processing Charges (APC) for accepted papers are CHF 1800. You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), for more information see: http://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/instructions).
Best regards,
Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Director of Research at FORTH / IACM
100 N. Plastira Str., Vassilika Vouton, GR 70013
Heraklion, Greece

PhD opportunity: “Latent heat balance dynamics and heatwaves in cities” UNSW

June 6, 2018 in Student_Positions

Climate change strongly impacts the climate of cities, especially during heatwaves where there are synergies between synoptic conditions and local climate. Lack of understanding of the dynamics of evapotranspiration by vegetation and turbulent latent heat balance before heatwaves often leads to under-prediction of such events. This project will connect plant water use and stomatal conductance models differentiated by vegetation-soil systems with land surface models to provide new insight into the impacts of the built environment on moisture fluxes that influence heatwave intensity. Then it will investigate the climate impacts of the dynamic response of greenery in extreme heat conditions.

The ideal candidate has a strong cross-disciplinary scientific background, with solid bases in physics, maths, and especially in heat transfer and climate science. She/he has confidence in numerical simulation and data analysis. Programming skills and knowledge of fundamentals of statistics and probabilistic and possibilistic methods are an asset.

The successful candidate will work with both the Faculty of Built Environment and the Climate Change Research Centre in the Faculty of Science. The student will be supervised by Dr Riccardo Paolini (Built Environment), Dr Melissa Hart (Climate Change Research Centre) and Professor Mattheos Santamouris (Built Environment).

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a prestigious scholarship package of $50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per annum for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities.

The candidate will also become part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. The Centre provides excellent opportunities for travel and graduate student development.

Further details about the Scientia PhD scholarships can be found at https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply and summarised in the FAQ (https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/unsw-scientia-phd-scholarships-faqs).

Interested students should in the first instance send a CV, statement of research interests, and copies of academic transcripts to r.paolini@unsw.edu.au and melissa.hart@unsw.edu.au

Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School

May 30, 2018 in Meetings, Student_Positions

The Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School (BUCSS) 2018 aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring, modelling and bio-meteorology, and it is tailored towards hands-on experiences on:
(1) Modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(2) Exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities

The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues. Basic skills in climate studies, climate modelling, programming and statistics is required.

You may apply to attend BUCSS 2018 by e-mailing to the address svmp@icub.unibuc.ro the following: a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) names, affiliation, e-mails and phone numbers of two professors or senior researchers who could provide references.

The summer school takes place from 27 to 31 August 2018, in Bucharest (Romania) and it is jointly organised by Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Ghent University (Belgium), National Meteorological Administration (Meteo Romania), and Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics, University of Bucharest (CICADIT).

The deadline for submitting your application is 31 May 2018, yet may be extended until all places are filled. More information and details can be found at http://conferences.unibuc.ro/bucss2018.
In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact us (email on website).

Best regards,

Matthias Demuzere, on behalf of the Organizing Team

Special Issue on “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes”

May 30, 2018 in Journal Special Issue

Prof. Eberhard Parlow and Dr Nektarios Chrysoulakis are serving as Guest Editors for a Special Issue entitled “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes” for the Remote Sensing journal. They invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue.

For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at:
The submission deadline is 30 June 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.
Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (remotesensing@mdpi.com), if possible.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website

Call for nominations: Luke Howard Award

April 13, 2018 in Awards

Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations to the ‘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.

IAUC members are requested to nominate suitable candidates for the Luke Howard Award.  The person making the nomination will act as the coordinator to put together a nomination package (including a CV of the nominee and three letters of recommendation).  Self-nominations are not permitted and current Awards Committee members cannot be evaluated.  Submit complete nomination packets (single electronic submission) to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Nigel Tapper: nigel.tapper@monash.edu

Luke Howard Award Nomination Process

  1. Inform the Chair of the IAUC Awards Committee of the intent to nominate an individual. The intent to nominate should be communicated via email to the Awards Committee Chair by 30 April, 2018.
  2. Nomination materials should be collected by a nomination coordinator (i.e. the person notifying the Chair of the IAUC Awards Committee that a particular person will be nominated);
  3. The coordinator should collect the following documentation:
    a) a five page candidate CV
    b) three letters of recommendation from IAUC members from at least two different countries which are two pages in length.
  4. Complete packages should reach the Chair by 30 May, 2018.

Nominations will be active for three years, and updated information may be submitted for consideration in the second and third years.

The IAUC Awards committee will recommend the name of a recipient for consideration and approval by the IAUC Board.

Previous winners include:

  • 2016 Dr. Walter Dabberdt, Vaisala Group, USA
  • 2015 Prof. Emeritus Anthony Brazel, Arizona State University, USA
  • 2014 Prof. Manabu Kanda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • 2013 Professor Emeritus Yair Goldreich, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • 2010 Professor John Arnfield, The Ohio State University, USA
  • 2009 Professor Sue Grimmond, King’s College, UK
  • 2008 Professor Bob Bornstein, San José State University, USA
  • 2007 Professor (Emeritus) Masatoshi Yoshino, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2006 Professor Arieh Bitan, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • 2005 Professor Ernesto Jauregui, UNAM, Mexico
  • 2004 Professor Tim Oke, UBC, Canada

Nominations should reach the Awards Committee Chair (Dr. Nigel Tapper, email above) by 30 May, 2018.

Urban Climate News – new issue available

March 31, 2018 in Newsletter

The March 2018 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available. You can access it from  the menu on the bottom left of this page or from the archive on our Resources Page

Call for Expressions of Interest to host ICUC-11

March 8, 2018 in Meetings

The International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) organizes an international conference on urban climatology at regular intervals. This year the International Conference on Urban Climate, ICUC‐10 will be held jointly with the 14th AMS Symposium on the Urban Environment in New York City, USA from August 6-10, 2018.

ICUC‐10 is the continuation of a series of similar conferences starting in Kyoto, Japan in 1989, followed by those in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1993, Essen, Germany in 1996, Sydney, Australia in 1999, Lodz, Poland in 2003, Göteborg, Sweden in 2006, Yokohama, Japan in 2009, Dublin, Ireland in 2012 and Toulouse, France in 2015. The success of this series helped to create a cohesive international community of urban climatologists. The aims of these conferences are to provide an international forum where the world’s urban climatologists can meet to showcase and discuss modern developments in research, and the application of climatic knowledge to the design and management of cities. They cater to the interests of a diverse community of meteorologists, climatologists, hydrologists, ecologists, engineers, architects, urban planners and others interested in these topics.

We would like to start the process to identify the location and host of the next ICUC meeting which will probably be held in 2021. While the IAUC welcomes expressions of interest from all parties, we strive to maintain a geographical and climatological balance among host cities for this series. As such, the IAUC encourages applicants from regions that have been underrepresented among the list of recent host cities (e.g., tropical and subtropical Asian cities).

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As a first step we invite ‘expressions of interest’ from those interested in hosting the next ICUC.

The expression of interest should be brief (~1 page) and should indicate the proposed location (city, country), organizer’s name, institutional affiliation(s) and the likely time frame for the conference.  This information can be submitted as an email to the Secretary of the IAUC, David Sailor (dsailor@asu.edu) by April 15, 2018.

We will share all the expressions of interest received with all those who make a submission and with the IAUC Board. The purpose of sharing the expressions of interest is to streamline the process and to allow collaborations/discussion around the bids from those interested in hosting ICUC-11.  We will subsequently (within about 2-3 weeks) then ask submitters to confirm their intent to submit a full proposal.

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For those who wish to submit a full proposal (due 15 June), we ask that the proposal be less than 8 pages long (single spaced, 11pt font) and include the following sections:

  1. Location for conference. This section should discuss the location and facilities available. Indicate why the proposed location is a good choice for an ICUC conference. Please also indicate hotels, distance between hotels and conference venue, summary details of available meeting rooms, and availability of inexpensive housing options (e.g., for students). In this section please also discuss opportunities for social activities, tours, and local attractions that might be of interest to conference participants and their guests.
  2. Proposed timing of conference. This should be a short section discussing the likely time frame for the conference, including one or more alternatives. A brief discussion of the benefits of the proposed timing is desired.
  3. Proposed registration or other fees. Provide an initial estimate of the proposed fees for the conference (in USD) based on current prices. Also discuss how surpluses or deficits are to be handled. Budgets should assume 500 – 600 participants with about 1/3 of the attendees being students); please indicate what the registration fee would cover.  The IAUC intends for ICUC to break even; this may require organizers to budget for a small surplus.  Conference organizers are responsible for any losses.
  4. Preprints and proceedings. Discuss whether there will be a preprint volume or conference proceedings and the mode of dissemination (e.g. electronic and/or printed).
  5. Institutional/private/government support. Indicate whether there is institutional support for holding the conference at this location. This might include suggestions for a joint conference with another society or organization and access to suitable persons/organization to form a local organizing committee.
  6. Familiarity with IAUC and ICUC. Please indicate whether the organizers have attended previous ICUC and/or are familiar with the objectives of IAUC.

Organizers of the last 3 ICUC conferences are listed below for reference:

These individuals can provide insight into the necessary financial and institutional support that is needed to run a successful conference. It must be appreciated that IAUC, as a ‘dues-free’ organization, has limited financial means; its main resource is the goodwill and enthusiasm of its members and the knowledge that designated ICUC meetings attract the best of the international urban climate community, and that our past success has created mutually beneficial inter-organizational linkages.

Full proposals should be submitted in electronic format to David Sailor (dsailor@asu.edu) by 15 June 2018. We will have initial evaluations with the Board of the IAUC and then ask finalists to prepare a presentation for the Board Meeting at ICUC‐10. If you have any queries or would like to see what a full previous proposal looked like please contact David Sailor.

Applicants for ICUC11 should be prepared to present their proposal to the IAUC Board on the afternoon of Sunday Aug 5th (the day before the start of ICUC-10).

ICUC-9 Special Issue in Urban Climate now available

March 4, 2018 in Meetings, Resources

We are happy to announce that the ICUC9 special issue is now published in Urban Climate:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/urban-climate/vol/23/suppl/C

A promotional free access is available for 3 months for all the papers.

The 9th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-9), held in July2015 in Toulouse, France, provided a recent forum for urban climate scientists to share the results of their research. This special issue presents 20 original research papers, representative of the variety of the themes encompassed by the urban climate community.

Special Issue Editors: Aude Lemonsu, Valéry Masson & James Voogt

“Air pollution, weather and climate and their mutual interactions from local/urban to global scales” at the EMS Annual Meeting 2018

March 4, 2018 in Meetings

A session “Air pollution, weather and climate and their mutual interactions from local/urban to global scales” will be held at the EMS Annual Meeting 2018, from 3 to 7 September 2018 at Budapest, Hungary.

The deadline for abstract submission is 13 April 2018 and the deadline for abstract submission with support application for Young Scientist Travel Award (YSTA) is 7 March 2018.

 

Leena Järvi, Alexander Baklanov, Vincent-Henri Peuch, Krisztina Labancz and Zita Ferenczi (Conveners)

 

UP2.2 Air pollution, weather and climate and their mutual interactions from local / urban to global scales

This session is devoted to basic and applied research on atmospheric processes, phenomena and impacts linking the chemical to the physical state of the atmosphere. Particular interest lies in the observations and modelling of the transport, dispersion, transformation and deposition of atmospheric compounds (including air pollutants, pollen, GHGs, radionuclides and other substances naturally or accidentally released) as these processes, their variability and interactions at all spatial and temporal scales are crucial to the development of models used to simulate and predict the past, present and future state and composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Within this scope, the session draws from diverse elements of atmospheric science research related to weather, atmospheric composition and climate, and includes theoretical, numerical modelling and experimental studies on scales extending from local to global, including the urban areas. Contributions on the development of observations and modelling techniques as well as on mitigation strategies varying from nature-based solutions to emission reductions also fit the scope of the session.

Targeted towards both disciplinary and interdisciplinary audiences, this session invites oral and poster contributions on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Understanding, describing and modelling the role of meteorological, chemical and physical processes and phenomena on emissions, transport, dispersion, transformation, deposition and biogeochemical cycling of air pollutants,
  • feedback processes between air pollution, meteorology, and climate,
  • characterization of the effect of urban planning choices and other heterogeneities on air pollutant transport, dispersion and concentration in urban areas,
  • air pollution and atmospheric composition monitoring networks and platforms using novel Instrumentation,
  • air quality and transport model development and evaluation using meteorological and chemical observations,
  • air quality forecasting (incl. online modelling integrating chemical weather with NWP modelling) and chemical data assimilation,
  • observations and modelling of urban meteorology including street canyon circulation, heat and mass fluxes within and over cities,
  • environmental meteorology in a changing climate.

In addition to covering the above possible topics, the session can also serve as a dissemination forum for relevant projects, including the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), COST Actions, WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) SAG-GURME & SAG-APP, FAIRMODE, as well as national- and European-scale consortium projects.

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