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

Dr Walter Dabberdt selected for 2016 Luke Howard Award

January 8, 2017 in Newsletter

The IAUC is pleased to announce that Dr Walter Dabberdt (Vaisala Group, USA) has been selected as the 2016 Luke Howard Award winner.

The full award citation is available in the just released Dec. 2016 issue of the Urban Climate News, or from the Luke Howard Award page.

Dec. 2016 issue of UCN available

January 8, 2017 in Newsletter

The December 2016 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents

News: Plea to US mayors • Breathe less? • Choking on smog • C40 Awards

Features:
CO2 fluxes in Auckland NZ
Energy & carbon balance in Shanghai

Project Reports:
Watering for heat-wave risk
Skin-surface UHI
Biogenic urban CO2

Special Reports:
Habitat III in Quito
Eighteen months of UC news: a review

Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: Walt Dabberdt selected for 2016 Luke Howard Award Award

 

Scientist position: Urban Climate under Change – Germany – Deadline 25 Jan. 2017

January 3, 2017 in Positions

Pending approval, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main (Germany) invites applications for a scientist position (full time, starting as soon as possible, ending 31. May 2019).

The position contributes to Module B (http://uc2-3do.org/) of the German research programme„ Urban Climate under Change“ (http://uc2-program.org/), which has been initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research programme intends to develop an innovative urban climate model that is able to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes for entire cities.

The position focuses on  measuring and evaluating computer simulated thermally driven winds (e.g. valley winds, park breezes) and their impact on ventilation and thermal hot spots in cities.

For further details please refer to  the job advertisement web site (only available in German language):  https://www.bav.bund.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/DE/DWD/20161945_0002_DWD.html
Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for the position and the application deadline is 25 January 2017.

Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site http://www.bav.bund.de/Einstieg-EBV

For more information – contact:   Meinolf Kossmann   meinolf.kossmann@dwd.de

 

Postdoctoral Associate @ ASU – Climate & Built Environment

December 15, 2016 in Positions

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) at Arizona State University (ASU) seeks applications for one non-tenure-track position at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate, supervised by Professor David Sailor, the Director of a new Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) at ASU.

This position presents a unique opportunity to contribute to and expand upon the research thrusts of several ongoing funded projects while also helping to develop new collaborative research efforts across the UCRC.

For further details please see: ASU Postdoc Position Description

Further inquiries should be made to Prof. David Sailor (David.Sailor@asu.edu)

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)

ESA Releases new “Global Urban Footprint” map

November 24, 2016 in Resources

IAUC Members may be interested in the newly available Global Urban Footprint map available from the European Space Agency.

 

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

November 24, 2016 in Meetings

Faculty Position in Urban Environmental Planning at ASU

November 4, 2016 in Positions

Assistant Professor (JOB# 11790)
Arizona State University
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning


The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 2017 (Job #11790). We are particularly interested in applicants with a research focus in urban environmental planning. The successful candidate will teach in the urban planning undergraduate, Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning and doctoral planning programs, and have an active research agenda with peer-reviewed publications.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program, engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.


For complete qualifications and application information please visit:
https://geoplan.asu.edu/employment


Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is December 19, 2016; If not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at
https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

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.

 

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