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New Engagement Committee hosts monthly webinars starting November 6

2020-10-21 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements, Meetings, Members, Resources

The IAUC is looking forward to engage with you and continue the Urban Climate dialogue despite the ongoing global pandemic. We have formed an Engagement Committee with a plan for virtual activities in the absence of face-to-face events in 2020-2021. As part of this effort, we are initiating monthly virtual webinars that include presentations and discussions.

We are very pleased to invite you to the historic, first IAUC webinar 6 November that will celebrate our very own Luke Howard Award winners: Janet Barlow (2019 winner) and Alberto Martilli (2020 winner).

Date and time: 6 November 11:00 – 12:15 UTC, which is 6:00 New York (EST), 12:00 in Paris (CET), 16:30 in Dehli (IST), 19:00 in Beijing (CST), and 22:00 in Sydney (AEDT).

Theme: Celebrating IAUC’s Luke Howard award winners and discussion on ‘Observing and Modelling the Urban Boundary Layer’.

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ICUC-11 postponed to August 2022

2020-10-05 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements, Meetings

In consultation with our members, the Board of the IAUC along with the local organizers has decided to postpone the 11th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-11) for a year from August 2021 until August 2022 (August 29th – September 2nd, 2022). The ICUC Organizing Committee recently surveyed the urban climate community to ask how COVID-19 may impact their ability to submit an abstract, attend the conference at proposed dates, possible future postponement dates, and what their preferences are for face-to-face versus virtual components. Overall, 217 responses were received from 45 different countries with an overwhelming response that the conference should be postponed to 2022. The complete report of this survey can be found here.

Alberto Martilli receives 2020 Luke Howard Award

2020-09-25 in Awards, IAUC Statements, Members

The International Association for Urban Climate is delighted to announce Dr Alberto Martilli, at the Center for Research in Energy, Environment, and Technology (CIEMAT), Madrid, as the winner of the 2020 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Alberto Martilli from CIEMAT receives the 2020 Luke Howard Award

Combining a systematic and thorough approach with a deep knowledge of urban turbulence, Alberto has made significant, long-lasting and high-impact contributions to urban climatology. His work not only advances our fundamental understanding of interactions between the urban canopy and the atmosphere, but also has great relevance to a number of more applied topics including weather forecasting, air quality, thermal comfort and urban planning.

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Scott Krayenhoff and Chao Ren receive 2020 Timothy Oke Award

2020-09-25 in Awards, IAUC Statements, Members

In this first year of the IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology, the International Association for Urban Climate is delighted to announce that two awards will be made, to Dr Scott Krayenhoff, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Guelph, and Dr Chao Ren, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. These two highly deserving early-to mid-career researchers both have outstanding publication records which demonstrate the quality, relevance and value of their research contributions.

Scott Krayenhoff, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Guelph

Since being awarded his PhD in 2015, Scott Krayenhoff has built upon his innovative work on modelling vegetation at micro- and local-scales to also consider climate change and sustainable urban design. He leads a research group at the University of Guelph and collaborates widely both with former colleagues and with new users and developers of his models. His combination of creativity, careful analytical skills and an excellent knowledge of the literature has resulted in several high-quality, high-impact, lasting contributions to urban climatology. He is well-known as an approachable and committed member of the IAUC community.

Chao Ren, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong

Chao Ren is an extremely successful mid-career researcher dedicating herself to cross-disciplinary research activities, engagements and design guideline development. She has already received numerous prizes and awards for her high-quality research which has an international impact and plays a key role in advising policy and planning, particularly in densely built sub-tropical cities. Her impressive publication record focuses on spatial variations in the urban thermal and wind environment and their health impacts and how these relate to urban morphology and built environment. She is a highly engaged researcher and member of the urban climate community and has served on many advisory boards including IAUC and WMO. She is an emerging leader in the field of urban climate, and several of her students have also been awarded for their research.

The Timothy Oke Award: a new IAUC award for early- and mid-career scientists

2020-04-11 in Awards, IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

The IAUC is delighted to announce a new award to celebrate the achievements of early- and mid-career researchers. The ‘Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology’ recognises the contributions of a new generation of urban climatologists and fills the gap between the IAUC’s numerous student awards and the IAUC’s highest accolade, the Luke Howard Award.

The Award is named in honour of Professor Timothy Oke, as recognition for his support of young urban climatologists and his unprecedented contributions to both urban climatology and the establishment of the IAUC.

The Timothy Oke Award addresses a critical phase in the career of an urban climate scientist, when they achieve individual visibility and impact, develop and broaden the scope of their research topics and demonstrate leadership. For the recipients, this award provides a prestigious endorsement of their research trajectory that may help to further advance their career prospects. The unanimous decision was made by the IAUC Board to name this award in honour of Professor Timothy Oke, as recognition of his outstanding research career, his support for young urban climatologists and his unprecedented contributions to both urban climatology and the establishment of the IAUC.

The IAUC is committed to promoting equality and diversity. As such, the guidelines for this award are that candidates should be approximately 3-12 years after PhD, but nominations for candidates who fall outside these guidelines due to career breaks or non-conventional career paths will also be considered, providing they are justified. All nominations will be assessed according to career stage. The Timothy Oke Award can be given for a particularly relevant study, a collection of papers or continuous work on a relevant topic with high impact on the field. It should be given for research that was conducted after the PhD. The award should reflect the diversity of the membership in terms of regions, gender, and disciplines. As the IAUC membership is currently dominated by those in early- and mid-career stages, it is envisaged that there could be many eligible recipients in the first few years. Therefore, the IAUC Awards Committee will select up to three awardees each year.

The IAUC award committee is pleased to call for nominations effective immediately.

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Passing of Professor Arieh Bitan

2019-02-21 in IAUC Statements, Members

The IAUC is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Professor Arieh Bitan in Israel on February 19, 2019.

“Professor Bitan was a wonderful gentleman and a distinguished member of the urban climate community.  Professor Bitan  was awarded the IAUC’s highest award, the 2006 Luke Howard Award, in recognition of his leading research into the climate of cities, the applied aspects of climate-sensitive urban and housing design, and his service to the urban climate community in Israel and internationally. He was also instrumental in the early development of the IGU Commission on Climatology. He will be sadly missed.” — IAUC Executive (Nigel Tapper, Andreas Christen, Ariane Middel) and Prof. Hadas Saaroni (Tel Aviv University).

A tribute will appear in the next Urban Climate Newsletter.

Professor Arieh Bitan

Call for Nominations for two IAUC Board members

2018-11-07 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 2019 – 2022. This is to replace Edward Ng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and Fei Chen (NCAR, USA) whose terms on the Board expire in 2018. We thank Edward Ng and Fei Chen for their commitment and contributions to IAUC while serving on the Board.

Please note that the Board is seeking new members eager to play an active role in the development of the society and who reflect the diversity of our membership. 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 nomination of candidates who diversify the board in terms of fields of study, geographical location, gender, etc. We further encourage nominations from young scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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ICUC-10 / AMS Student Award Winners

2018-10-08 in Awards, IAUC Statements, Members, Newsletter

Congratulations to our student and other award winners at ICUC-10 / the 14th AMS Symposium on the Urban Environment. Here is the list of prizes and awards as announced in the latest newsletter:


“Oral Best Presentation Award”

  • Oscar Brousse, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Peter Crank, Arizona State University, USA
  • Daniel Fenner, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Mariana B. Alfonso Fragomeni, University of Georgia, USA
  • William Morrison, University of Reading, UK

“Oral Presentation Honourable Mention Award”

  • Rainer Hilland, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Saud Al Khaled, Arizona State University, USA
  • Beatriz Sanchez, CIEMAT, Spain
  • Vincenzo Sessa, University of Southampton, UK
  • Erin B. Wetherley, University of California Sann ta Barbara

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IAUC Board Statement on the US Executive Order

2017-03-25 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.