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Call for nominations – 2022 Timothy Oke Award

2022-04-20 in Awards, IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

Urban Heat island of Hamilton, Ontario measured by Professor Timothy Oke and his students in the 1960s. The Award is named in honour of Professor Oke, as recognition of his pioneering research, his support for young urban climatologists and his unprecedented contributions to urban climatology.

The IAUC is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 ‘Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology’. The Timothy Oke Award was established in 2020 and is given annually to early- and mid-career researchers who have conducted original research with high impact in the field of urban climate science. Nominations should thus focus on a particularly relevant study or collection of papers and their impact. Eligible candidates should be approximately 3-12 years after PhD and will be assessed in accordance with their career stage. Nominations for candidates which fall outside these guidelines should be justified.

The IAUC is committed to promoting equality and diversity. Therefore we particularly encourage nominations for suitable candidates from under-represented groups.

The person making the nomination will act as the coordinator to put together a nomination package (details given below). Self-nominations are not permitted, and current Awards Committee members can only be nominated if they step back from their role on the Committee for the period that the nomination is active. Complete nomination packages should be submitted (as a single electronic submission) to the IAUC Awards Committee Chair, Dr Helen Ward: by Friday 27 May 2022.

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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.

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.


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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Be aware of fraudulent IAUC emails

2021-07-05 in IAUC Statements

During recent days, several IAUC members have confirmed that they received fraudulent emails seemingly originating from our president or board members with subjects like “IAUC LOGISTICS SUPPORT REQUEST” asking for bank information and personal data. Please be careful and do not respond to such emails. IAUC would never ask for such information by email. The emails do not originate from our president, the board member nor any member of the IAUC community even if they are signed with proper names and original email addresses. We are currently investigating if and possibly how IAUC membership emails were obtained and ensure our true emails are have an electronic certificate.

Joint international climate communiqué

2021-03-23 in IAUC Admin, IAUC Statements

Weather and climate services and observations are essential to support the assessment of climate risk and inform mitigation and adaptation strategies including in cities. We urge governments to support service providers with appropriate resources to sustain crucial services and observations.

Together with national meteorological societies and associations, the IAUC is taking the occasion of today’s World Meteorology Day to reiterate the critical importance of addressing climate change.

The effects of human-produced greenhouse gases on the climate are increasingly and overwhelmingly evident. The three warmest years on record, including 2020 (at about 1.2°C higher than before the industrial revolution), have all occurred since the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit climate change. The global average temperature was near a record high in 2020 despite the presence of a temporary cooling of the Pacific due to La Niña, thus indicating a continued underlying warming trend.

We stress that to meet the Paris goals, the world needs to raise its ambition significantly to be in line with the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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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.