Urban Climate News March 2022

2022-04-19 in Newsletter

Issue 83, March 2022

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 83, March 2022) is now available. The newsletter reports research on an extreme heat and AQ episode in New York City and on urban water storage capacity inferred from observed evapotranspiration recession. It also introduces the FAIR network of micrometeorological measurements. Furthermore, a Special Report on a new book – “Urban Climate Science for Planning Healthy Cities” by Chao Ren and Glenn McGregor.

New IAUC executive elected for 2022-2026

2022-01-14 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

The IAUC board has elected and approved a new executive for the period August 2022 – August 2026:

Ariane Middel from Arizona State University will be our next IAUC President, Benjamin Bechtel from Ruhr-Universität Bochum serves as the next IAUC Secretary, and Dev Niyogi from The University of Texas will be the next IAUC Treasurer. We would like to congratulate our newly-elected colleagues on the executive and also in thanking them for their commitment to taking on the responsibilities for leading the IAUC during the next 4-year period. The current executive, Nigel Tapper, Andreas Christen and Ariane Middel will continue in their roles as president, secretary, and treasurer, respectively, until August 2022.

Urban Climate News December 2021

2022-01-14 in Newsletter

Issue 82, December 2021

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 82, December 2021) is now available. The newsletter announces the newly elected and approved IAUC executive, a Special Report on the very new book – “The Urban Heat Island: A Guidebook” by Stewart and Mills. It further contains a feature on the hydrological urban heat island and a project report on trends in numerical simulation of the urban thermal environment.

Gerald Mills receives the 2021 Luke Howard Award

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

Dr. Gerald Mills, winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award

The IAUC is delighted to announce Dr Gerald Mills of University College Dublin, Ireland, as the winner of the 2021 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Gerald is an influential urban climatologist and a remarkable researcher, widely known for his numerous scientific contributions, his genuine passion for the subject and its history, his generosity as a mentor and his exceptional dedication to the urban climate community.

Gerald’s research has had substantial impact across many areas of urban climatology. These include the urban heat island, modelling the urban canopy, the surface energy balance at multiple scales, indoor and outdoor climates, the links between cities and global climate change and the importance of sustainable urban design. He has been instrumental in the WUDAPT initiative and is now perhaps even more widely known as a co-author of the Urban Climates textbook, which has become one of the key texts not only for urban climatologists but also for multiple disciplines interested in the urban environment. Alongside these scientific contributions, Gerald has amassed an impressive knowledge of the history of urban climate. He has brought the work of early pioneers to the attention of the present-day community with remarkable commitment and enthusiasm. He can recite long passages of Luke Howard’s The Climate of London and has reedited this book, line by line, to make it available again for the scientific audience. For this alone, Gerald would be a worthy recipient of the Luke Howard Award.

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Benjamin Bechtel, Leena Järvi and Iain Stewart receive 2021 Timothy Oke awards

2021-10-05 in Awards, IAUC Statements

In this second year of the IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology, we are delighted to announce that three awards will be made: Professor Benjamin Bechtel, at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Associate Professor Leena Järvi, at the University of Helsinki, Finland; and Dr Iain D. Stewart, Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada. These three exceptional early-to mid-career researchers have each made major contributions to the field of urban climate, with their high quality, high impact and highly relevant work.

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Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo and Natalie Theeuwes elected on IAUC board

2021-10-05 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

Natalie Theeuwes

Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo

The IAUC welcomes and congratulates our two new elected IAUC Board members, Zhiwen (Vincent) Luo from the University of Reading and Natalie Theeuwes from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute who will join the Board. Vincent and Natalie will replace Benjamin Bechtel from Ruhr University Bochum and Chao Ren from The University of Hong Kong. We also thank Benjamin and Chao for their commitment and contributions to IAUC while serving on the Board.


Urban Climate News September 2021

2021-10-05 in Newsletter

Issue 81, September 2021

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 81, September 2021) is now available. The newsletter honours the 2021 Luke Howard and Timothy Oke Award winners. It further contains a feature on how much do urban green spaces in Tokyo cool the city at night, and a project report on mapping urban microclimates.

IAUC webinar on thermal remote sensing of urban climates

2021-08-31 in Events

The seminar will feature two thought leaders, Prof. Voogt (left) and Prof. Bechtel (right) discussing the state-of-the-art and future directions of deploying remotely-sensed data in urban climate research.

The IAUC is pleased to invite you to the 5th IAUC webinar on September 8 13:00 UTC on thermal remote sensing of urban climates will explore the growing use of thermal remote sensing in urban climate research while detailing fundamental definitions and applications of this methodology.

The seminar talks will be given by Professor Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum) on “Challenges of global SUHI analysis” (~15 mins) and by Professor James Voogt (University of Western Ontario) discussing “(In)complete urban surface temperatures” (~15 mins). This is facilitated Q&A and discussions (~ 30 mins).

Use this link to register. We are looking forward to your joining this webinar and celebrating and engaging with the urban community.

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Urban Climate News June 2021

2021-07-12 in Newsletter

Issue 80, June 2021

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 80, June 2021) is now available. President Nigel Tapper reports on the ongoing challenges and severe restrictions of international travel to and from Australia that unfortunately continue to impacts the planned ICUC-11 in 2022 and the needs to further postpone ICUC-11. The newsletter further features a story of collaboration on urban climate between PhD graduates. A project report highlights the interactions between urban environments with regional climate change. Further the news that past IAUC president Professor Sue Grimmond was awarded the prestigious Symons Gold Medal of the Royal Meteorological Society. Finally the newsletter features calls for two new board members and lists the latest statistics on membership diversity.

IAUC Board: Call for two nominations

2021-07-12 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements, Members

We are calling for nominations for two new members of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) for the term 2022 – 2025. This is to replace Benjamin Bechtel (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Chao Ren (The University of Hong Kong) whose terms on the Board expire in 2021. We thank Benjamin Bechtel and Chao Ren for their commitment and contributions to IAUC while serving on the Board.

The Board is seeking new members eager to play an active role in the development of the Association and who reflect the diversity of our membership. The deadline for nominations is August 31 2021, 11:59 pm (UTC).

The IAUC is committed to and promotes inclusive and equitable participation of a diverse community in its membership. Based on our diversity statement, we strongly encourage nominations of candidates who diversify the board in terms of fields of study, geographical location, gender, etc. We further encourage nominations of young scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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