PhD Position: CNRM/CNRS Urban Climate and Climate Change Modeling

June 1, 2017 in Student_Positions

The National Center in Meteorological Research (CNRM) of MeteoFrance/CNRS (Toulouse, France) is recruiting a PhD student to work on urban climate and climate change modeling.
The student will be supervised in collaboration between the urban climate team and the regional climate team of  CNRM.
Please find in attachment the description of the proposal Study of urban climate: in-line modeling, downscaling methods and uncertainties evaluation.

This PhD-thesis will start October 2017 (at earliest)

The deadline for application is 15 June 2017.
For further information contact: Aude Lemonsu, CNRM/GMME/TURBAU, aude.lemonsu@meteo.fr

Urban Climate Summer School – Bucharest

May 5, 2017 in Meetings

The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest will be hosting an Urban Climate Summer School 21-26 August, 2017 in Bucharest Romania. The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.

Join researchers from around the globe to gain skills in the systematic monitoring and assessment of urban climate change. Participants will benefit from utilizing state-of- art technologies to help understand the physical functionality of cities from the urban climate perspective

Participation is limited to 30 students.

Deadline for application: 15 May 2017

See website for details.

Accepting Nominations – Luke Howard Award

April 17, 2017 in Newsletter

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 June 9, 2017.
  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 July 14, 2017.

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 14 July 2017.

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

Earth Observations: Urban monitoring boosted by new data processor

April 13, 2017 in Resources

The eoPortal News posted this story that may be of interest to those using remote sensing over urban areas.

https://eoportal.org/web/eoportal/news/research/-/article/urban-monitoring-boosted-by-new-data-processor

Software Developer / Engineer – Urban Climatology

April 7, 2017 in Positions

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) seeks a Software Developer/Engineer to contribute to the model development and co-simulation in the field of urban climatology.

The primary focus of this work is to evaluate the coupling and cross-model communication methodology across various existing tools, including the Indoor-Outdoor Energy Balance Simulator (TUF-IOBES), Discrete Anisotropic Radiative Transfer (DART),  and Outdoor Thermal Comfort in 3D (OTC3D) models. Additionally, the applicant is expected to help on improving the programming efficiency of each model.

The requirement for this position is as follows:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Computer Science or other related fields.
  • Have significant programming skills including previous experience or knowledge of different programming languages. Prior experience with C/C++ and Python is expected and knowledge of XML file format and FORTRAN would be a plus.
  • Preference is given to applicants with previous experience with co-simulation platforms and knowledge of advanced data visualization techniques.

For more information, please refer to the job description or contact the lead PI (Dr. Negin Nazarian) at negin@smart.mit.edu.

 

Urban Climate News – March 2017 Edition

April 1, 2017 in Newsletter

The March 2017 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents

News:  C40 winners, Cities continue fight against climate change, Google assessment of US roofs for solar power, Urban ants, 100 Chinese cities with over 1 million residents

Features:
Linking indoor climates to weather, behaviour & building design.
Project Reports:
Urban methane exchange
District cooling strategies for Toulouse

Special Reports:
Urban focus at AGU
AMS Annual Meeting report
Award for Tony Brazel

Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

March 25, 2017 in IAUC Statements

Mar. 24, 2017

IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

The International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) is a non-governmental organization representing the international urban climatological and meteorological community.  The IAUC fosters a view of a diverse and inclusive community of researchers, scholars, academics, students and others with interests related to the study of urban climate and meteorology.

The recently revised Executive Order, and its predecessor, issued by the President of the United States run counter to the ideals of the IAUC.  The IAUC identifies itself as a free and open society with three primary goals: to foster education and scholarship related to urban climate and meteorology, to facilitate communication with policy makers and end-users of urban meteorological and climatological data, and to encourage the use of urban climate and meteorological information in the design planning and operation of urban areas so that they may become safer, healthier and more sustainable.

We denounce this Executive Order and assert our support for all IAUC members.  The success of scientific and academic organizations depends on a willingness for open collaboration and exchange of information, people and ideas.  This order is detrimental to the scientific, educational and operational goals of the IAUC and to the aspirations of our members.  We urge the US Executive to reconsider the order.

We are committed to supporting all IAUC members who may be impacted by the Executive Order requiring travel to the United States to attend meetings sponsored by the IAUC including the upcoming ICUC-10, to take up visiting scientist appointments, for graduate studies, or for temporary or permanent employment in research centers and universities.  We will work with US organizations to develop processes by which we can minimize the impacts of any such order to our membership and their IAUC-related activities.

A pdf copy of this statement is available here.

Information Systems & Modeling PDF Los Alamos NM

March 18, 2017 in Positions

The primary purpose of this position is to initially develop a fast 3D wind solver for flow within wind farms based on the technology used in our Quick Urban & Industrial Complex (QUIC) wind solver for wind flow in urban areas. The long term objective is to contribute to the advancement of the state-of-the-art of LANL’s dispersion modeling tools.

See the full position description for details and how to apply.

Research Assistant Position – ZAMG

March 18, 2017 in Positions

The Department of Numerical Weather Prediction in the framework of the partial legal capacity of the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), 1190 Vienna, Hohe Warte 38, plans to strengthen its team and therefore is searching for a Research Position.
The new staff member will work on regional and urban climate modeling and participate in an international H2020 project. The aim of the project is to develop an integrated Climate Services Information System for applications in urban areas and traffic infrastructure.
For details see the full posting.
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