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Third IAUC webinar – The journey of modern urban climate

2021-03-30 in IAUC Admin, Meetings, Members


Nigel Tapper (left) and Gerald Mills (right) will share their perspectives on the history and future directions of modern urban climate

The IAUC is pleased to organize a third IAUC webinar on 15 April 11:00 UTC featuring two thought leaders in our fields sharing their perspectives on the history and future directions of modern urban climate:

  • Professor Gerald Mills (University College Dublin, Ireland) “The beginning of modern urban climatology”  (~ 15 mins)
  • Professor Nigel Tapper (Monash University, Australia) “Some thoughts on future directions for urban climate and the IAUC” (~ 15 mins)
  • Facilitated Q&A and discussions  (~ 30 mins)

Use this link to register.

These are challenging times in which we live, both in terms of critical scientific questions to be resolved in urban climate, and in relation to the difficult global environment in which we currently operate. In these presentations, we plan to stimulate discussion by providing some reflections on the history, role, and responsibilities of the urban climatology community along with developing opportunities.

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

ICUC-11 webpage and call for sessions

2020-04-09 in Meetings

The organizers of the 11th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-11) have launched the official conference website at ICUC11.unsw.edu.au which will be continually updated as we progress towards the event in 2021.

ICUC-11 webpage at ICUC11.unsw.edu.au

The general theme of the ICUC-11 conference, which will take place Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021 in Sydney, Australia, is “Cities as Living Labs: Climate, Vulnerability, and Multidisciplinary Solutions”.

Accordingly, the organizing committee has identified six scientific streams for ICUC11, with each stream covering various sessions and plenaries. These streams include:

  • Urban climate processes
  • Urban climate methods
  • Biometeorology & health
  • Integrated assessments of urban climate
  • Climate-conscious design and sustainable development
  • Urban climate policy

Specific topics within each stream can be found on the website. Additionally, as we are committed to the professional development of early-career scientists and students, several events will be focused on this. We now invite the community to inform us if there is a topic that is not covered by the proposed session themes, or if they would like to propose a workshop or special event. The deadline for submissions of sessions / workshops / panels is April 30, 2020.

Important Dates

  • Sessions/workshops/panels submission: until Apr 30, 2020
  • Opening of Abstract Submission: Aug 17, 2020
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: Nov 15, 2020
  • Acceptance of Abstract: Jan 25, 2021
  • Optional full paper / supplementary materials: Mar 30, 2021
  • Conference: Aug 30 – Sep 3, 2021

Registration open for Bochum Urban Climate Summer School – BUCSS20

2020-02-20 in Meetings, Members, Student_Positions

The Bochum Urban Climate Summer School 2020 (#BUCSS20) aims to provide a general introduction to the many facets of urban climatology, biometeorology and urban climate informatics, a newly evolving research field that uses artificial intelligence, e.g., machine learning or deep learning, to process non-traditional big data sources for urban climate applications. BUCSS20’s goal is to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring, remote sensing and modelling, thereby strengthening an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major urban sustainability challenges facing future generations. Those attending can expect to gain an understanding of the state-of-the-art via lectures and hands-on tutorials, on the following topics:

  •  A general introduction to urban climate (informatics)
  •  (Thermal) remote sensing in urban areas
  •  Crowd-sourcing for monitoring urban systems
  •  Urban climate modelling at various spatial scales

The summer school, taking place between 17-21 August 2020is primarily intended for master (ECTS available) and doctoral students, but also adresses PostDocs who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues. Basic background and skills in urban climate modelling, remote sensing and programming are an advantage yet not required.

Registration is open until March 31, 2020 through the BUCSS20 website.

Symposium – Challenges in Applied Human Biometeorology (March 2 & 3, 2020)

2019-08-01 in Meetings

The call for abstracts is open for the upcoming “Symposium on Challenges in Applied Human Biometeorology”, which will take place at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in Germany on March 2 and 3, 2020.

There are several themes covered that directly link to urban thermal comfort, heat stress, planning and climate adaptation in cities. Further the symposium aims to include aspects of crowdsourcing, big data, and observational systems in urban human biometeorology. The aim of the symposium is to setup and scout new directions and possibilities for future research and applications. The conference ist organised the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in collaboration with the German Meteorological Service (DWD), and the Society for the Promotion of Human Biometeorological Research in Germany.

Deadline for Abstract Submission is November 15, 2019.

Conference topics:

  • Weather, climate, climate change and health
  • Urban and indoor bioclimates
  • Climate and tourism, Recreational climatology
  • Heat health warnings and decision support systems
  • Human biometeorological modelling at different scales
  • Human biometeorological methods and models
  • Planning and climate adaptation for future bioclimates
  • Crowdsourcing, big data, and observational systems in human biometeorology

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Workshop on “Modelling and Observing Urban Fluxes”

2019-05-10 in Meetings, Projects

The Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in Amsterdam hosts an iLeaps sponsored workshop on “Modelling and Observing Urban Fluxes” on June 13 and 14, 2019. The workshop combines a discussion about the latest results of the SUBLIME model intercomparison study with key note lectures on modelling and observing fluxes in the urban environment, and a discussion on the future development of the field. The workshop location is well connected to the central railway station as well as to Schiphol Airport. In case you are interested to participate, please contact Gert-Jan Steeneveld at gert-jan.steeneveld@wur.nl.

ICOS workshop on strategies to monitor greenhouse gases in urban environments – Helsinki, Finland

2019-03-02 in Meetings

The ICOS workshop on strategies to monitor greenhouse gases in urban environments is held July 1-4, 2019, in Helsinki and at the Hyytiälä station in Finland.

Cities are hot spots for anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Developing methods to monitor and validate the GHG emissions in them is critical to fulfil the UN Paris and Katowice Agreements.

The goal of the ICOS workshop is to define measurement needs and goals, discuss and address challenges of urban monitoring, and work towards a comprehensive roadmap for embedding urban measurements in a coherent and standardised effort within the long-term observation infrastructure of ICOS, considering also how this can contribute to and integrate with other organisations and networks, such as WMO IG3IS.

The workshop limited to 20 – 25 participants. Accommodation and food will be approximately 255 euros/person in a double and 285 euros/person in a single room. The food covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack. Registration closes April 15, 2019.

More information and registration: www.icos-ri.eu/event/471

European International Conference on Transforming Urban Systems (EICTUS-2019) Strasbourg – France

2019-03-02 in Meetings

Dear Members of IAUC – this conference may be of interest to you:

On behalf of the “Zone Atelier Environnementale Urbaine (ZAEU)” Université de Strasbourg – France, we are highly delighted to invite you to submit your abstract and participate in the European International Conference on Transforming Urban Systems (EICTUS-2019), which will be held from  26 – 28 June 2019 at Université de Strasbourg, France.

Major conference themes are as under:

  • Sustainable cities
  • Urban metabolism and sustainability
  • Urban ecology and eco-services
  • Urban land-use, development and planning
  • Urban climate, risks, resilience, vulnerabilities and adaptation
  • Energy resources, sustainable urban energy productions and supplies
  • Urban mobility, sustainable and innovative urban transport systems
  • Urban pollutions (air, water, soil) and reduction strategies
  • Urban risks, remediation and protection strategies
  • Urban economy and cost-effectiveness strategies
  • Other inter-disciplinary topics related to urban transition

Abstract submission: You are warmly invited to submit a 300 to 500 words summary of your work on or before 15 March 2019. For further details, please visit the website of the conference: https://eictus-2019.sciencesconf.org/

We warmly invite you in the incredibly diverse city of Strasbourg for a
stimulating and enjoyable EICTUS-2019 to share the knowledge and to learn and
develop the network for future research.

Dr.  Nadège BLOND, Conference Chair, Dr. Sandrine GLATRON Directrice ZAEU, Dr. Sajjad Hussain SAJJAD Organizing Chair

Urban Areas and Global Change Session at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

2018-06-25 in Meetings

We invite you to join the “Urban Areas and Global Change” session at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D.C.  There is usually a strong representation from the urban climate community in this session, and we welcome abstracts broadly on urban climate measurements and modeling, fluxes, remote sensing, and related urbanization policy fields.

FINAL DEADLINE: 1 August 2018 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.

Submit an abstract at the following link: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2018/abstract-submissions/

AGU Fall Meeting  Washington, D.C., 10-14 December 2018

Session GC095: Urban Areas and Global Change

Urban areas have important feedbacks to Earth system processes from local to global scales. Understanding these feedbacks requires a combination of expertise from different scientific fields. This session invites submissions of new results based on observational, modeling, or data-driven studies of biogeochemical, biophysical, or ecological interactions of human-land-atmosphere systems in urban areas; and of socio-institutional and technological components affecting the spatial and temporal patterns of carbon emissions. We encourage submissions from researchers, who develop and deploy new measurement techniques and scaling methods in complex urban environments and from social scientists, engineers and modeling groups that incorporate urban processes in models. Potential topics of this session include, but are not limited to: energy budgets and greenhouse gases in urban areas; effects of urbanization on regional climate, air quality, and biogeochemical cycles; influence of demographic dynamics, affluence, and socio-political conditions; and implications of these interactions for public policy and urban planning.

Sponsored by Global Environmental Change section

Organizers: Galina Churkina, Yale University, Joe McFadden, University of California, Santa Barbara Erin Wetherley, University of California, Santa Barbara Lei Zhao, Princeton University