Candidate Statements for IAUC Board Election - 2019

The following six nominees (in alphabetical order by last name) stand for election for two seats in the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) for the term 2019 - 2022 . This is to replace Edward Ng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and Fei Chen (NCAR, USA) whose terms on the Board expire in 2018.


Matthias Demuzere

CEO & Founder Kode / Affiliated researcher at Ghent University and Leuven University, Belgium

"Beginning of December 2018, on the eve of the 24th COP climate conference, I joined a march of more than 65000 people in Brussels, raising our voice for #ClimateAction. Our planet is reaching some of its natural boundaries, and cities are pivotal in that change; being both major drivers of climate change and a focus for associated risks.

All members of the IAUC, of which I am an active member since 2006, play a key role here. Over the last decades, this community made enormous progress in the understanding of urban climates, advancing our capacity to observe, monitor, model and translate this information to the needs of society. I’ve been contributing to these areas via the development of urban parameterizations, model evaluation, exploration of blue and green urban infrastructure as adaptation/mitigation tools, integration of remote sensing information and more recently cloud computing to e.g. upscale the Local Climate Zone mapping efforts to continental scales.

After coordinating the IAUC Bibliography Committee for the past four years, I feel my time has come to play a more active role in the IAUC society. I am currently working as a freelance climatologist for a start-up that aims ‘to protect the most vulnerable communities and enable sustainable resilience’. Let’s adopt this philosophy, making our scientific advances accessible to all, tailored towards the users’ needs, not shying novel approaches. We, as a community, have the keys in hand to resilient societies. Let’s make our voices heard and facilitate change that works for everyone."


Pavel Konstantinov

Department of Meteorology and Climatology, Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

"Pavel Konstantinov studied Geography (specialization Meteorology and Climatology) at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). After taking part in WMO Inter-regional CLIPS training workshop on urban climatology (Pune, India) in 2011 he received his PhD in Meteorology under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Kislov in Lomonosov MSU and established his membership in IAUC. In his dissertation Pavel developed first urban microscale model of Moscow-megacity (appropriate site for observing urban climate features such as urban breeze etc. due to its size, continental climate and radial city planning structure) intended to make a climatic forecast of Moscow for the XXI century. After that Pavel and his group conducted a few studies of thermal comfort assessment during 2010 Russian Heatwave and cardiovascular mortality during by heat waves in temperate climate (associated with thermal comfort indices).

Between 2011 and 2018 Pavel Konstantinov was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climatology at the Lomonosov MSU and Executive Secretary of Russian PEEX "Pan-Eurasian Experiment" Office in Moscow. Here, in 2015-2018 Urban climate research group lead by Pavel Konstantinov and Alexander Baklanov (WMO) turned to investigation of Urban Heat Islands in the Arctic region. After more than 15 field studies with Pavel in head Urban Heat Island Arctic Research Campaign (UHIARC) observational network was created, which has been deployed in several mid-sized cities of the Eurasian Arctic. This network allowed for the first time to reveal strong warm temperature anomalies in big polar cities (it was shared with IAUC-community during ICUC-9 and ICUC-10 meetings)."


Simone Kotthaus

Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), École Polytechnique, France

"My research is concerned with urban areas since my PhD at King’s College London. Succeeding a short-term fellowship at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, I was as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading, UK. Since last year, I am working at the SIRTA observatory at Ecole Polytechnique in suburban Paris, France, where I investigate the link between boundary layer conditions and air quality.

Studying both atmospheric conditions and surface characteristics to gain a better understanding of the processes that govern surface-atmosphere exchanges in cities, I am particularly interested in the application of advanced measurement techniques in complex urban settings. This includes hyperspectral and thermal surface remote sensing to assess implications of building shape and materials on radiation exchange in the urban canopy, eddy covariance to determine the turbulent transfer of heat, moisture and CO2, and atmospheric remote sensing to characterise atmospheric boundary layer dynamics and cloud conditions forming in response.

To me, the IAUC and particularly the ICUC create a stimulating environment to exchange ideas and to foster national and international collaborations. To increase opportunities for all researchers within the urban climate community, I have contributed to the IAUC equality and diversity statement launched this year at ICUC10. As IAUC board member, I would support knowledge exchange between urban measurement activities globally and aim to strengthen interactions with the modelling community. I would continue promoting the increased monitoring of surface and atmospheric processes in cities in the frameworks of national and international measurement networks and research infrastructures."


Hyungjung Lee

Department of Urban Climatology, Office for Environmental Protection, City of Stuttgart, Germany

"Dr. Hyunjung Lee, who is a member of IAUC since 2014, is working at the Department of Urban Climatology in the Office for Environmental Protection, City of Stuttgart, Germany. Its essential task is the provision of up-to-date information on urban climate, air pollution and noise for the different planning levels in the city. Measures for practical climate protection and adaptation to climate change on the urban scale are also included.

After her two master degree courses in environmental science at two universities in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Hyunjung Lee moved to Germany, where she received her doctorate in 2015 from the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. Her dissertation is titled "Increasing heat waves require human-biometeorological analyses on the planning-related potential to mitigate human heat stress within urban districts".

She has published widely in highly ranked journals and peer-reviewed conferences, focusing primarily on planning measures for the mitigation of severe outdoor human heat stress. For this, she mainly performs scenario-simulations with different models that are appropriate for the spatial scales of her investigation areas. She has presented basic results of her research at ICUC-9 (Toulouse, 2015) and ICUC-10 (New York, 2018).

In the meanwhile, she has become an expert in applied urban human-biometeorology. Her current work is running under the slogan "Bringing science into practice". If chosen, she would bring her deep knowledge and experience in the practical, planning-related urban human-biometeorology to the IAUC Board."


Shiguang Miao

Institute of Urban Meteorology (IUM), China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Beijing, China

"I am Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute of Urban Meteorology (IUM), China Meteorological Administration, in Beijing, which is dedicated to urban research and operational numerical (chemical) weather forecast for Beijing. I received my Ph. D in Atmospheric Sciences at Nanjing University in 2003. I am Chair of the Committee for Urban Meteorology of the Chinese Meteorological Society, and member of the Board on the Urban Environment of the American Meteorological Society. My research interests include observational analysis and numerical modeling of urban land and boundary layer, and urbanization impacts on severe weather. I have supervised numerous graduate students, and am Adjunct Professor in Applied Meteorology at the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. I have contributed to and led international urban research projects.

China has experienced unprecedented, rapid urbanization, which is connected to weather disasters, climate change, and air quality problems. In the last four years, I worked with international groups to organize the Study of Urban-impacts on Rainfall and Fog/haze (SURF) field programs in Beijing. In a broader context, urban weather and climate research in China has significantly advanced, and the efforts in improving real-time urban weather forecasting at IUM is at the forefront of these important activities.

I participated in the last six ICUC conferences, and thoroughly enjoyed working with the IAUC community. I am interested in fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations between the Chinese urban research community and the IAUC community. It would be a great honor to further contribute to IAUC as a Board member."


Helen Ward

Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria

"My research involves both observing and modelling the urban environment, with a particular focus on turbulent exchange. I obtained my PhD in urban micrometeorology at King’s College London (2009-2013), which included running a two-year field campaign involving eddy covariance and scintillometry measurements. Subsequently I worked as a post-doc at Reading University during which I developed the Surface Urban Energy and Water balance Scheme (SUEWS) and evaluated the model at multiple sites in the UK and Asia. I am currently based in Innsbruck, Austria, where my research is focused on the analysis of turbulence observations in and around the city and the evaluation of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model in this complex urban setting (i.e. a city located in mountainous terrain). For the past two years I have served as editor for the ‘Projects’ section of Urban Climate News, and over the last year I have been involved in the promotion of diversity and equality within IAUC."


Compiled by Andreas Christen, Secretary of IAUC on December 10, 2018.