October 7, 2016 in Meetings, Resources

IAUC members may be interested in the special editions of the journals Science and Nature that have recently focused on cities.

Science: Rise of the City

Nature: A New Urban Agenda

These come in advance of the UN Habitat III meeting.  IAUC will participate as a part of the WMO delegation at this meeting.


PLEA Conference 2017: Edinburgh, Scotland 2-5 July 2017

October 7, 2016 in Meetings

The 33rd PLEA Conference (PLEA2017) will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 2-5 July 2017 on the theme of ‘Design to Thrive.

 Abstracts are due 15th November 2016 with full draft papers due on 28 Feb 2017. It would be really good to see the ‘urban climate’ community well represented at PLEA.

 More details on the conference at: https://plea2017.net/ Submission via the online portal at: https://plea2017.net/submissions/

IAUC members wishing more info may contact Rohinton Emannuel who is part of the local organizing team and responsible for fora on ‘cool cities/UHI’ and ‘green infrastructure.’

Urban Climate Sessions at the American Association for Geographers Meeting April 2017

October 7, 2016 in Meetings

New issue of the Urban Climate News now available

October 1, 2016 in Newsletter

The September 2016 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available.
Catch up on your reading of the UCN – all issues are archived on the newsletter page.

PDF – Urban Microclimatology – National University of Singapore

September 26, 2016 in Positions

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in the “Cooling Singapore” project awarded to the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore. The successful applicant is expected to (i) lead the analysis of existing UHI mitigation techniques and evaluate which strategies would perform best in the tropical-humid climate context of Singapore considering multiple scales (from building to the entire city), (ii) develop and assist in micro-scale experiments on UHI mitigation which can be observational, modeling or a combination of both, and (iii) present results at conferences/meetings and lead the writing of scientific papers.

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. and strong grounding in climate/geography or a related urban climate field, with requisite knowledge of either field techniques, Geographical Information Systems Science, remote sensing and/or applied urban climate modeling, and excellent technical, organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, to disseminate key results to the academic community, project partners and government stakeholders. The position will be based in the urban climate lab of the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/), and will have opportunities to collaborate with other investigators involved in the “Cooling Singapore” project. The department is consistently ranked among the top ten Geography departments in the world in the QS World University Rankings, placing ninth (first in Asia) for the 2016 list.

The position is approved for a two-year period starting in January 2017, and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected. Informal inquiries regarding the post can be directed to Drs Matthias Roth (geomr@nus.edu.sg) or Winston Chow (winstonchow@nus.edu.sg). An internationally competitive remuneration package, based on qualifications and experience, will be offered to the successful candidate. All applications, including a cover letter, short research statement, and full CV (including a list of publications) together with names and contact information for three references, should be submitted by 30 October 2016 via e-mail to Drs Roth and Chow. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Two PDF positions: Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling Singapore

September 26, 2016 in Positions

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the  Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG), SMART located in Singapore. The job scope is about urban heat island (UHI) effect and its mitigations in Singapore using majorly numerical models (both microscale computational fluid dynamics and numerical weather prediction models). Please see the following links for more details:

For more information contact Li Xianxiang




Professor of Environmental Science (rank open), American University, Washington DC

September 10, 2016 in Positions

The Department of Environmental Science in the College of Arts & Sciences at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor beginning August 1, 2017.  An urban focus is encouraged.

We are particularly interested in those working in applied atmospheric science and employing computational, geospatial, or modeling approaches. Candidates must possess their Ph.D. at the time of application and those with active external funding will be the most competitive. The position also offers opportunities to collaborate with a diverse and interdisciplinary group of environmental and sustainability researchers across the university. A successful candidate will demonstrate or provide evidence of excellence in teaching. The candidate will be expected to mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, and participate in departmental, college, and university activities and service.

For a full description and to apply, please use this link: https://apply.interfolio .com/36561 

Closes: Sep 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4 hours)
Please contact Steve MacAvoy (macavoy@american.edu) if you have any questions about this position.

WUDAPT Workshop: 5-6 December CUHK, Hong Kong

August 31, 2016 in Meetings

WUDAPT Workshop:  Various Applications of WUDAPT Products

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 5–6 December 2016

The World Urban Database and Access Port Tools (WUDAPT) initiative (http://www.wudapt.org) is a community-driven data collection initiative that draws upon the considerable network of urban climate scientists around the world.

 Various applications of WUDAPT products will be discussed and shared in this workshop. The invited speakers will show how the WUDAPT products can be implemented in climate modeling simulations benefit climate-sensitive urban design and planning.

The workshop goal is to use WUDAPT methods to provide a map of the urban landscapes of each city and assess their climate effects. This will serve as a useful reference and basis to local government and researchers for future urban development.

Papers and posters are invited on WUDAPT applications, result validation methods, urban morphology detection and the global carbon project. Registration is open until 30 September.

Please click here for more workshop details, programme and registration.

Enquiries: Miss Sze-Wai Wong (szewai@cuhk.edu.hk)

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

submit abstract

See the full call for papers at: https://annual.ametsoc.org/2017/index.cfm/programs/conferences-and-symposia/13th-symposium-on-the-urban-environment/

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