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IAUC Board: Call for nominations

2022-10-21 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 2023 – 2026. This is to replace Matthias Demuzere (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) and Helen Ward (University of Innsbruck, Austria) whose terms on the Board expire in 2022. We thank Matthias and Helen 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 15. November 2022, 23:59 (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, career stages etc. We thus particularly encourage nominations of young scholars, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

The nomination process will be conducted as described below.

(1) If you are nominating another person, proceed as follows:

  1. Email the IAUC Secretary [iauc-secretary[at]rub[dot]de] with the subject “IAUC board nomination NAME” indicating the name and affiliation of your nominee.
  2. Put two other persons in cc who support the nomination. They must confirm their support of the nominee within the nomination period by replying to the E-mail.
  3. The nominee should also email the Secretary [same address and subject] indicating their willingness to stand. The nominee should also provide their affiliation, country and supply a short statement containing a reference to their link to IAUC and urban climate which will be shared with the membership at the election (if there is one). That statement must not exceed 250 words, a limit that will be rigorously applied (longer statements will be truncated).

(2) If you are nominating yourself, proceed as follows:

  1. Email the IAUC Secretary at [iauc-secretary[at]rub[dot]de] with the subject “IAUC board nomination NAME” indicating that you are nominating yourself.
  2. Put name three other persons in cc who support your nomination. They must confirm their support for your nomination within the nomination period by reply to the same E-mail.
  3. You should also provide your affiliation and country. Please also supply a short statement that will be shared with the membership at the election. That statement must not exceed 250 words, a limit that will be rigorously applied (longer statements will be truncated).

Also please note the following:

  • All nominees, nominators and persons supporting a nomination must be members of the IAUC as of this moment (21. October 2022, 15:00 UTC). New members will not be eligible to vote or be nominated in this round of elections.
  • All required information, as outlined in (1) or (2) above, must be received by the Secretary by 15. November 2022, 23:59 (UTC).
  • E-mails should be sent to the Secretary at email address [iauc-secretary[at]rub[dot]de].
  • Receipt of nomination e-mails will be confirmed. E-mails to other addresses may not be considered, no other method of communication will be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the nominator and/or nominee to ensure that all necessary e-mails are sent to the Secretary within the nomination period. No reminders will be sent in the case of incomplete nominations.
  • If more than two nominations are received, an election will be conducted via email and the web, with the two candidates receiving the highest vote counts being deemed to have been elected. If an election is necessary, the exact procedure will be described in an email to the current membership.

 

Dan Li receives the 2022 Timothy Oke award

2022-09-19 in Awards, IAUC Statements

Dan Li

Dan Li receives IAUC’s Timothy Oke Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s IAUC Timothy Oke Award for Original Research in the Field of Urban Climatology will be given to a truly exceptional scientist: Associate Professor Dan Li, at Boston University.

Dan has made numerous outstanding intellectual contributions to the field of urban climate and boundary layer meteorology. In the nine years since obtaining his PhD from Princeton University, Dan has produced a remarkable amount of highly cited and significant research which spans a phenomenal range of topics including turbulence, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, hydrology and global climate. His work combines extensive observations, numerical modelling, analytical methods and fundamental theory to make substantial advances in our understanding of meteorological concepts and associated real-world applications. This impressive skill set in combination with creativity, curiosity and diligence mean Dan’s work has already had, and will surely continue to have, a major impact on urban climate.

James Voogt receives the 2022 Luke Howard Award

2022-09-19 in Awards, IAUC Statements

James Voogt

James Voogt receives IAUC’s 2022 Luke Howard award

We are delighted to announce Professor James Voogt of the University of Western Ontario, Canada, as the winner of the 2022 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.

Jamie is an excellent scientist and very well respected pillar of the urban climate community on multiple fronts. His research contributions are of the highest quality, resulting from his careful attention to detail and exemplary unhurried approach to solving complex issues. He is a world-renowned expert on urban climatology, and the leading expert on thermal anisotropy and remote sensing of urban surface temperatures. His early publications are considered classics and remain highly relevant (and extensively cited) since they underpin much of our current understanding concerning both observational and modelling topics. Given the already widespread use of remote sensing in urban areas, and the ongoing development in this field, these publications remain key for the numerous applications and services making use of remotely sensed data, as well as for our fundamental understanding of urban climate processes.

In addition to these considerable scientific contributions, Jamie has achieved an immense amount for the urban climate community. He played a crucial role in helping to establish the IAUC and has shown continued selfless dedication to IAUC activities, in part through numerous board positions (including president from 2014-2018). He also served on the AMS Board of the Urban Environment (including as chair from 2002-2005). He has been instrumental in raising the profile of urban climatology in national and international meteorological organisations, which led to the development of joint urban climate sessions between multiple organisations and has helped to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and the exchange of knowledge and skills that are important for safeguarding the well-being of urban populations.

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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: helen.ward@uibk.ac.at 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.