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International Conference Friendly City 4

April 13, 2017 in Meetings

University of Sumatera Utara (USU) will host the International Conference Friendly City 4,  October 11-12, 2017 with the theme “From research to implementation for Better Sustainability”
Topic areas related to IAUC include: Physical Environment,Spatial Change & Geographic Information Technologies,Sustainable Built Environment,Town Planning, Urban Design

Registration as a participant and Call For Papers as well as the full paper template can be done through the website http://www.friendlycity.usu.ac.id/.

Abstract Deadline: 2 May 2017

For more information, please visit our website http://www.friendlycity.usu.ac.id/  or send an email to friendlycity@usu.ac.id or FRIENDLYCITYpublishingmanager@yahoo.com

Call for Abstracts: Special Issue in International Journal of Biometeorology

March 1, 2017 in Meetings, Uncategorized

Call for abstracts for a Special issue in International Journal of Biometeorology: intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies and environmental psychology.

If you have been working in this area, please send us an abstract not longer than 300 words by 30th of April. Please send the abstract to: sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl, stating your name in the abstract file’s name. Subsequently, we will make a selection of promising contributions and discuss it with the Chief editor of IJB. Soon after, the selected authors will be asked to deliver a full manuscript (due 30th of September 2017), which will be subject to the double-blind review process of IJB. The review process will follow the usual procedure in which external reviewers assess the papers. We expect the first round of reviews to be completed in November.

Organizers: Marialena Nikolopoulou and Sanda Lenzholzer

Details:

The last few years have seen an increasing amount of work in a relatively new area of biometeorology, the intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies with environmental psychology. Focusing on people not as mere recipients of the complex radiation exchanges outdoors and processes aiming to reach equilibrium with the internal thermoregulatory processes, but actively engaging with the perception of these thermal processes has revealed a new perspective of understanding outdoor thermal experience, enriching the scientific discourse internationally.

This new focus on the more subjective human parameter has provided a complimentary paradigm, highlighting the importance of personal, behavioural and psychological factors in outdoor thermal perception. These new approaches have been increasingly adopted across the world at different geographic and climatic contexts and a lively interdisciplinary field of research has emerged.

In view of these developments, the International Journal of Biometeorology (IJB) being a leader in the field is developing a special issue reflecting the subjective side of outdoor thermal perception and comfort and suitable methods for such investigations.

From phenomenological perspectives encompassing multisensory sensations and the subjective interpretation of these as central themes of ‘thermal perception’, to advances in environmental psychology providing new ways of collecting data on people’s experience of their environment, and the influence of design in shaping our environment affecting thermal perceptions, we are aiming to represent the state-of-the art in the field and inform the scientific discourse. Papers are expected to vary from theoretical positions to field surveys with strong empirical data supporting the debate.

We hope that you can contribute to this special issue and look forward to receive your abstract!

For more information please contact Sanda Lenzholzer
Dr. Dipl. Ing. MA (AA), Associate Professor
Wageningen University & Research
Landscape Architecture Group
sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl

EGU Session: CL2.02 Urban climate and urban biometeorology

December 5, 2016 in Meetings

CL2.02 Urban climate and urban biometeorology

As the most evident example of land use and land cover change, urban areas play a fundamental role in local to large-scale planetary processes, via modification of heat, moisture, and chemical budgets. With rapid urbanization ramping up globally it is essential to recognize the consequences of landscape conversion to the built environment. Given the capability of cities to serve as first responders to global change, considerable efforts are currently being dedicated across many cities to examine various adaptation and mitigation strategies aimed to offset impacts of rapidly expanding urban environments and influences of large-scale greenhouse gas emissions. This session solicits submissions, from both the observational and modeling communities, examining the spectrum of techniques in which cities can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The abstract submission deadline is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET.

Abstracts can be submitted for this session using the link: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/session/22751

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at: http://egu2017.eu/abstract_management/how_to_submit_an_abstract.html

With best wishes,

Sorin Cheval, Matthias Demuzere , Hendrik Wouters , Matei Georgescu (EGU session conveners)

Conference: Urban Geoinformatics, New Delhi 22-23 Feb 2017

November 24, 2016 in Meetings

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

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)

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/

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

August 1, 2016 in Meetings

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016
5-9 September 2016 | Shanghai, China

#UTSummit2016

The programme for Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 is now available for download at http://www.urbantransitionsconference.com

At the Summit expert keynote speakers and panellists will lead discussion on a range of interdisciplinary topics influencing our built environment, the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities and what strategies and models will drive their transition to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Keynote talks and panel sessions will be supplemented by workshops, around 100 contributed presentations and extensive poster sessions covering a variety of cross-sector and cross-discipline research topics including urban climate and climate change adaptation.

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