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

Seeking Nominations for 2016 Luke Howard Award

May 13, 2016 in Awards

Dear Members,
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:
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 June 17, 2016.
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 July 15, 2016.

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:
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 15 July 2016.
Thank you

Two Postdoctoral Positions: Technische Universität Berlin

May 3, 2016 in Positions

Two full-time postdoc positions will be available at the Technische Universität Berlin starting from June 1, 2016 to support the new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“.

Excellent German language skills are essentially required for both positions!

The new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“, which will start in June 2016, aims at development of an innovative urban climate model for entire cities like Stuttgart or Berlin that is able to resolve buildings and vegetation at spatial resolutions of 10 x 10 m² and finer, thus to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes at sufficient accuracy. Therefore, comprehensive observational data on weather, climate and air quality will be acquired for three German cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart) to validate the model. The BMBF research programme intends to involve selected user groups in model development and data acquisition for testing the new urban climate model and data acquisition concept and analysis tools with respect to their usability for a number of potential practical applications.

The first postdoc shall support Dieter Scherer (Chair of Climatology) in his scientific and administrative tasks as coordinator of the entire BMBF research programme. The contract will end on May 31, 2019, and may be renewed for a second period of three years depending on additional funding.

The second postdoc shall contribute to collaborative research on urban climate and air quality in Berlin involving both the Technische Universitaet Berlin and the Senate Department of Urban Development and Environment Berlin. The contract will end on November 30, 2017.

For further details,  please check the website where the job offers will be published soon.

Assistant/Associate Professor Position – Washington State University

April 14, 2016 in Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pullman WA

Candidates are sought with expertise in the development, evaluation, and application of numerical air quality models related to air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change at urban to regional scales. The successful applicant will be expected to help lead and grow the WSU AIRPACT air quality forecast system operations. The selected applicant will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate air quality and environmental engineering courses, direct graduate student research, and develop a strong extramurally funded research program.

For details see:

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