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Urban Areas and Global Change Session at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

June 25, 2018 in Meetings

We invite you to join the “Urban Areas and Global Change” session at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D.C.  There is usually a strong representation from the urban climate community in this session, and we welcome abstracts broadly on urban climate measurements and modeling, fluxes, remote sensing, and related urbanization policy fields.

FINAL DEADLINE: 1 August 2018 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.

Submit an abstract at the following link: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/abstract-submissions/

AGU Fall Meeting  Washington, D.C., 10-14 December 2018

Session GC095: Urban Areas and Global Change

Urban areas have important feedbacks to Earth system processes from local to global scales. Understanding these feedbacks requires a combination of expertise from different scientific fields. This session invites submissions of new results based on observational, modeling, or data-driven studies of biogeochemical, biophysical, or ecological interactions of human-land-atmosphere systems in urban areas; and of socio-institutional and technological components affecting the spatial and temporal patterns of carbon emissions. We encourage submissions from researchers, who develop and deploy new measurement techniques and scaling methods in complex urban environments and from social scientists, engineers and modeling groups that incorporate urban processes in models. Potential topics of this session include, but are not limited to: energy budgets and greenhouse gases in urban areas; effects of urbanization on regional climate, air quality, and biogeochemical cycles; influence of demographic dynamics, affluence, and socio-political conditions; and implications of these interactions for public policy and urban planning.

Sponsored by Global Environmental Change section

Organizers: Galina Churkina, Yale University, Joe McFadden, University of California, Santa Barbara Erin Wetherley, University of California, Santa Barbara Lei Zhao, Princeton University

Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School

May 30, 2018 in Meetings, Student_Positions

The Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School (BUCSS) 2018 aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring, modelling and bio-meteorology, and it is tailored towards hands-on experiences on:
(1) Modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(2) Exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities

The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues. Basic skills in climate studies, climate modelling, programming and statistics is required.

You may apply to attend BUCSS 2018 by e-mailing to the address svmp@icub.unibuc.ro the following: a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) names, affiliation, e-mails and phone numbers of two professors or senior researchers who could provide references.

The summer school takes place from 27 to 31 August 2018, in Bucharest (Romania) and it is jointly organised by Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Ghent University (Belgium), National Meteorological Administration (Meteo Romania), and Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics, University of Bucharest (CICADIT).

The deadline for submitting your application is 31 May 2018, yet may be extended until all places are filled. More information and details can be found at http://conferences.unibuc.ro/bucss2018.
In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact us (email on website).

Best regards,

Matthias Demuzere, on behalf of the Organizing Team

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.

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

ICUC-10 Abstract Deadline – Dec 15, 2017

December 14, 2017 in Meetings

The deadline to submit an abstract to the upcoming 10th International Conference on Urban Climate/14th Symposium on the Urban Environment is on December 15, 2017. The conference will be held in New York, New York, 6 – 10 August 2018.

 

There is NO FEE to submit an abstract! Detailed information, the call for papers and the link to the abstract submission portal are all available on the conference webpage. We hope to see you in New York City!

 

We encourage citizens from Iran, Chad, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Libya and Somalia that are currently banned from entering the US, to also submit an Abstract before the deadline. We are working on accommodating their research in to the conference.

 

Link: https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/meetings-events/ams-meetings/10th-international-conference-on-urban-climate-14th-symposium-on-the-urban-environment/

IPCC call for nominations of authors for the 6th Assessment Report

October 9, 2017 in Meetings, Projects, Uncategorized

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, is calling for nominations of authors for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Governments, Observer Organizations and IPCC Bureau Members have been requested to submit nominations of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors by Friday 27 October 2017 (midnight GMT +1). The Bureaus of the three IPCC Working Groups will then select the author teams from the lists of nominations.

For more information on how to apply see: https://www.ipcc.ch/apps/nominations/authors/public/

Please note that nominations need to be routed through a “focal point”  (a member’s home country) and/or observer organizations.

European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference

October 9, 2017 in Meetings

EUGIC 2017 Budapest

2nd European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference
Celebrating Nature-Based Solutions for Cities
29-30 November 2017 Budapest

The Akvárium, Erzsébet tér 12, 1051 Budapest

EUGIC 2017 Budapest brings together global practitioners and local experts in a truly interactive, dynamic and exciting conference – workshops, story corners, exhibitions, Horizon2020 Projects Session and Industry Speed Dating.

Book your IAUC Member discount ticket of 200 EUR (from 300 EUR) which includes all events and the EUGIC 2017 Awards Ceremony here: www.eugic.events/booking-form

Enter the EUGIC 2017 Awards: http://eugic.events/eugic-2017-urban-green-infrastructure-awards/

Cities IPCC Conference

October 1, 2017 in Meetings

The first Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, also referred to as Cities IPCC https://www.citiesipcc.org/   is accepting proposals for sessions and individual papers until Oct 6.  The conference is scheduled for 5-7 March, 2018 in Edmonton, Canada. It intends to “foster new scientific knowledge for cities based on science, practice and policy” and to “provide inputs to the products of the IPCC”.

This may be a good opportunity for IAUC members with research interests related to cities and climate change to showcase their work before a multidisciplinary audience and the IPCC and to develop collaborations in advance of ICUC-10.

The conference themes are:

  • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
  • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action);
  • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities);
  • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

Session proposals are expected to have a knowledge exchange or co-generation component among the scientific community and practitioner / policy-maker community.

For more information see https://www.citiesipcc.org/.

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