Dan Li receives the 2022 Timothy Oke award

2022-09-19 in Awards, IAUC Statements

Dan Li

Dan Li receives IAUC’s Timothy Oke Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology will be given to a truly exceptional scientist: Associate Professor Dan Li, at Boston University.

Dan has made numerous outstanding intellectual contributions to the field of urban climate and boundary layer meteorology. In the nine years since obtaining his PhD from Princeton University, Dan has produced a remarkable amount of highly cited and significant research which spans a phenomenal range of topics including turbulence, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, hydrology and global climate. His work combines extensive observations, numerical modelling, analytical methods and fundamental theory to make substantial advances in our understanding of meteorological concepts and associated real-world applications. This impressive skill set in combination with creativity, curiosity and diligence mean Dan’s work has already had, and will surely continue to have, a major impact on urban climate.

James Voogt receives the 2022 Luke Howard Award

2022-09-19 in Awards, IAUC Statements

James Voogt

James Voogt receives IAUC’s 2022 Luke Howard award

We are delighted to announce Professor James Voogt of the University of Western Ontario, Canada, as the winner of the 2022 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Jamie is an excellent scientist and very well respected pillar of the urban climate community on multiple fronts. His research contributions are of the highest quality, resulting from his careful attention to detail and exemplary unhurried approach to solving complex issues. He is a world-renowned expert on urban climatology, and the leading expert on thermal anisotropy and remote sensing of urban surface temperatures. His early publications are considered classics and remain highly relevant (and extensively cited) since they underpin much of our current understanding concerning both observational and modelling topics. Given the already widespread use of remote sensing in urban areas, and the ongoing development in this field, these publications remain key for the numerous applications and services making use of remotely sensed data, as well as for our fundamental understanding of urban climate processes.

In addition to these considerable scientific contributions, Jamie has achieved an immense amount for the urban climate community. He played a crucial role in helping to establish the IAUC and has shown continued selfless dedication to IAUC activities, in part through numerous board positions (including president from 2014-2018). He also served on the AMS Board of the Urban Environment (including as chair from 2002-2005). He has been instrumental in raising the profile of urban climatology in national and international meteorological organisations, which led to the development of joint urban climate sessions between multiple organisations and has helped to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and the exchange of knowledge and skills that are important for safeguarding the well-being of urban populations.

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Urban Climate News June 2022

2022-07-10 in Newsletter

Issue 84, June 2022

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 84, June 2022) is now available. The newsletter reports on research measuring CO2 emission reductions in cities due to the COVID-19 lockdown and on the impact of vehicle heat on the urban thermal environment. It also features news on heat waves in India, Pakistan and France. Furthermore, a special report on the “Urban climate, urban biometeorology, and science tools for cities” session at EGU General Assembly.

Call for nominations – 2022 Luke Howard Award

2022-04-20 in Awards, IAUC Admin


The IAUC is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 ‘Luke Howard Award for outstanding contributions to the field of urban climatology in a combination of research, teaching, and/or service to the international community of urban climatologists. The IAUC is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Therefore, we particularly encourage nominations for suitable candidates from under-represented groups.

The person making the nomination will act as the coordinator to put together a nomination package (details given below). Self-nominations are not permitted, and current Awards Committee members can only be nominated if they step back from their role on the Committee for the period that the nomination is active. Complete nomination packages should be submitted (as a single electronic submission) to the IAUC Awards Committee Chair, Dr Helen Ward: helen.ward@uibk.ac.at by Friday 27 May 2022.

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Call for nominations – 2022 Timothy Oke Award

2022-04-20 in Awards, IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

Urban Heat island of Hamilton, Ontario measured by Professor Timothy Oke and his students in the 1960s. The Award is named in honour of Professor Oke, as recognition of his pioneering research, his support for young urban climatologists and his unprecedented contributions to urban climatology.

The IAUC is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 ‘Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology’. The Timothy Oke Award was established in 2020 and is given annually to early- and mid-career researchers who have conducted original research with high impact in the field of urban climate science. Nominations should thus focus on a particularly relevant study or collection of papers and their impact. Eligible candidates should be approximately 3-12 years after PhD and will be assessed in accordance with their career stage. Nominations for candidates which fall outside these guidelines should be justified.

The IAUC is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Therefore we particularly encourage nominations for suitable candidates from under-represented groups.

The person making the nomination will act as the coordinator to put together a nomination package (details given below). Self-nominations are not permitted, and current Awards Committee members can only be nominated if they step back from their role on the Committee for the period that the nomination is active. Complete nomination packages should be submitted (as a single electronic submission) to the IAUC Awards Committee Chair, Dr Helen Ward: helen.ward@uibk.ac.at by Friday 27 May 2022.

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Urban Climate News March 2022

2022-04-19 in Newsletter

Issue 83, March 2022

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 83, March 2022) is now available. The newsletter reports research on an extreme heat and AQ episode in New York City and on urban water storage capacity inferred from observed evapotranspiration recession. It also introduces the FAIR network of micrometeorological measurements. Furthermore, a Special Report on a new book – “Urban Climate Science for Planning Healthy Cities” by Chao Ren and Glenn McGregor.

New IAUC executive elected for 2022-2026

2022-01-14 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

The IAUC board has elected and approved a new executive for the period August 2022 – August 2026:

Ariane Middel from Arizona State University will be our next IAUC President, Benjamin Bechtel from Ruhr-Universität Bochum serves as the next IAUC Secretary, and Dev Niyogi from The University of Texas will be the next IAUC Treasurer. We would like to congratulate our newly-elected colleagues on the executive and also in thanking them for their commitment to taking on the responsibilities for leading the IAUC during the next 4-year period. The current executive, Nigel Tapper, Andreas Christen and Ariane Middel will continue in their roles as president, secretary, and treasurer, respectively, until August 2022.

Urban Climate News December 2021

2022-01-14 in Newsletter

Issue 82, December 2021

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 82, December 2021) is now available. The newsletter announces the newly elected and approved IAUC executive, a Special Report on the very new book – “The Urban Heat Island: A Guidebook” by Stewart and Mills. It further contains a feature on the hydrological urban heat island and a project report on trends in numerical simulation of the urban thermal environment.

Gerald Mills receives the 2021 Luke Howard Award

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

Dr. Gerald Mills, winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award

The IAUC is delighted to announce Dr Gerald Mills of University College Dublin, Ireland, as the winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Gerald is an influential urban climatologist and a remarkable researcher, widely known for his numerous scientific contributions, his genuine passion for the subject and its history, his generosity as a mentor and his exceptional dedication to the urban climate community.

Gerald’s research has had substantial impact across many areas of urban climatology. These include the urban heat island, modelling the urban canopy, the surface energy balance at multiple scales, indoor and outdoor climates, the links between cities and global climate change and the importance of sustainable urban design. He has been instrumental in the WUDAPT initiative and is now perhaps even more widely known as a co-author of the Urban Climates textbook, which has become one of the key texts not only for urban climatologists but also for multiple disciplines interested in the urban environment. Alongside these scientific contributions, Gerald has amassed an impressive knowledge of the history of urban climate. He has brought the work of early pioneers to the attention of the present-day community with remarkable commitment and enthusiasm. He can recite long passages of Luke Howard’s The Climate of London and has reedited this book, line by line, to make it available again for the scientific audience. For this alone, Gerald would be a worthy recipient of the Luke Howard Award.

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Benjamin Bechtel, Leena Järvi and Iain Stewart receive 2021 Timothy Oke awards

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

In this second year of the IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology, we are delighted to announce that three awards will be made: Professor Benjamin Bechtel, at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Associate Professor Leena Järvi, at the University of Helsinki, Finland; and Dr Iain D. Stewart, Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. These three exceptional early-to mid-career researchers have each made major contributions to the field of urban climate, with their high quality, high impact and highly relevant work.

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