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.

Two Senior Research Assistants in Meteorological and Air Quality Prediction

March 4, 2018 in Positions

SBU/Department: School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics,
Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP)

Previously Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR)

Salary: £27285 to £32548 pa depending on experience
Grade: UH6
FTE: 1.0

Duration of Contract:     TWO Full time, fixed term posts for 24 months with possibility of extension. These posts are available immediately

Closing date:     11th March 2018
Job Ref: 016019

Main duties & responsibilities

We are looking for two enthusiastic and self-motivated atmospheric/computational scientists to contribute to ongoing national and international programmes on meteorological and air quality prediction (e.g. forecasting and analysis of atmospheric processes that influence air quality, atmospheric composition and interactions with climate). You will be responsible for air quality modelling, data processing and analysis including emissions and other data processing (eg with SMOKE and GIS). You will contribute to design and organisation of research projects, preparation of funding proposals, managing relevant software and take a lead in problem solving day to day issues related to research projects. You will assist with dissemination of results, writing and publishing of papers in high quality peer-reviewed international journals and present research results at relevant meetings. You will also be involved in other activities and projects including the organisation of meetings and conferences, maintenance of the high performance computing cluster, websites and management of Atmospheric Composition Laboratory. You will assist in the supervision of student projects and undertaking teaching, where required.

Skills and experience needed

You will have strong experience in the development and/or use of advanced atmospheric models, specifically WRF-CMAQ or WRF-Chem including pre-processing of data such as emissions (e.g. using SMOKE and GIS) and relevant theoretical understanding of atmospheric and climate science such as boundary layer physics, air quality-climate interactions, dynamical and transformation atmospheric processes. You will have demonstrable PhD level research experience and be skilled in programming, data analysis. Experience in technical and code/software maintenance on Linux based cluster systems will be desirable. In addition to having excellent communication and time management skills, you will have a strong commitment to publishing papers in high quality journals. It is expected that you will be familiar with the use of large datasets and relating these to underlying mechanisms and multiscale processes. Preference will be given to excellent candidates that can take up the post as soon as possible.

Qualifications required

You must have a good first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Physics, Meteorology, Mathematics and/or Computer Science with programming) and a PhD in a topic related to air quality and meteorological modelling with strong computer programming elements based on Linux cluster systems

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries

Please contact Professor Ranjeet S Sokhi, Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP)

Tel: 01707 284520, Email: r.s.sokhi@herts.ac.uk.

For further information please visit: http://www.herts.ac.uk/research/stri/research-areas/cair

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics takes pride in the diversity of its staff, and is a Practitioner in the IOP’s Project Juno, as well as holding Athena SWAN Bronze award. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals irrespective of gender or membership of minorities.

Application procedure:

Apply online at www.herts.ac.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-vacancies

Please include your full CV (with contact details of three referees)

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Yncréa, Catholic University of Lille, France

January 21, 2018 in Positions

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Yncréa, Catholic University of Lille, France. Please note that urban climate researchers are welcome to apply.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France, a non-profit higher education group founded in 1885, trains engineers in more than 50 sectors: construction, IT, electronics, mechanics, energy, chemistry, medical technologies, robotics, agriculture, foodtech, finance, entrepreneurship.

With more than 4000 students enrolled in HEI, ISA and ISEN engineering graduate schools, over 400 employees, a network of more than 27,000 alumni, campuses in Lille, Châteauroux, Nîmes, Rabat (Morocco), two partner schools ISEN Brest and ISEN Toulon, Yncréa Hauts-de-France is a leader in engineering education in Europe: more than 300 partnerships with international universities, more than 2,500 business partnerships. Yncréa Hauts-de-France carries out 3 main activities: training, research and transfer / expertise to the economic world and is recognized for its know-how in innovation and trans-disciplinary approaches to management and technology.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France invites applications for a full-time permanent position (starting as soon as possible) as Lecturer or Assistant Professor in City Science.

The successful applicant will join the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department of HEI. He/She is expected to teach in the Smart Cities Master Program. This program consists of two majors (namely “Building Science” and “Sustainable Urbanism”) and a workshop focusing on both building and neighborhood scales. He/She will contribute to develop the existing teaching content with the head of the program. He/She will participate to the coordination of the teaching programs and their evolution in an international perspective. He/She will supervise students during internships, technical projects and R&D projects. Participation to R&D programs driven by industrial partners is also expected.

Depending on candidate profile, research activities will be performed at the Civil Engineering and Geo-environment Laboratory (LGCgE), which is a multidisciplinary research laboratory that groups about 70 researchers from universities of the ComUE Lille Nord de France. It leads researches regarding the fields of sustainable building and planning, energy and natural resources management, ecology and biodiversity. The successful applicant will contribute to research topics related to urban and architectural issues at different scales.

Applicants should hold an Engineering Degree plus 5 years of experience or a PhD. He/She needs to:
– be fluent in English as a working language in both research and teaching.
– show commitment to teaching.
– show ability to work as a team.

Full-time, permanent position, based in Lille, France.

For inquiries related to this position, candidates are invited to contact Mickaël Broda, Head of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department mickael.broda@yncrea.fr

Please send applications (Resume and Cover letter) to recrutement.hautsdefrance@yncrea.fr

2nd Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2018 Conference

January 21, 2018 in Meetings

Abstract submissions to the 2nd  Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2018 Conferences is now open!. Abstract submission deadline is January 29, 2018.
www.lamk.fi/smart

Lahti University of Applied Sciences is the main organiser of the second international Smart Cities in Smart Regions Conference September 26-27, 2018. All keynotes have confirmed their presence at the Conference and they will introduce their insight into conference sub-themes. New keynote revelations are Kari Herlevi, Project Director of Sitra, Johan Merlevede, Managing Director of Leuven MindGate and İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Aalto University. More information of the keynotes: http://www.lamk.fi/tapahtumat/smart-cities-in-smart-regions/programme/meet-the-speakers/Sivut/default.aspx

The main themes of the conference are:
• Green Infrastructure and Well-being
• Design, Technology and Digitalisation
• Circular economy and Entrepreneurship

Cities as important measurement sites in a proposed Global Earth Observatory

January 4, 2018 in Projects

This comment by M. Kulmala published in the 03 Jan 2018 issue of the journal Nature on a proposal for a Global Earth Observatory makes note of the importance of cities as one of the important places to start making such measurements.

December 2017 issue of Urban Climate News

December 29, 2017 in Newsletter

The December 2017 issue of the Urban Climate News (Issue 66) is now available.
On behalf of Editor David Pearlmutter and the entire UCN Team, Happy 2018!

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