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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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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.

IAUC Board: Call for two nominations

2020-06-06 in IAUC Admin, Members

We are calling for nominations for two new members of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) for the term 2020 – 2024. This is to replace Aya Hagishima (Kyushu University, Japan) and Leena Järvi (University o Helsinki, Finland) whose terms on the Board expired in 2019 and will expire later in 2020, respectively.  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.

Update: The IAUC Executive and Board wish to announce an extension of the deadline for nominations until Tuesday, June 30 2020, 11:59 pm (UTC).

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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.

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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New IAUC Board Members

2017-10-30 in IAUC Admin, Members

The Board of the IAUC welcomes our newest Board Members: Chao Ren (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China) and Benjamin Bechtel (Universität Hamburg, Germany) who were elected in the recent IAUC Board election.

Chao and Benjamin join our current Board members.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank Alexander Baklanov (WMO) for his service to the Board as his term comes to an end. Alexander has been instrumental in fostering better linkages between IAUC and WMO and in promoting the urban scale at WMO.

Thank you to all our members who participated by voting in the election and a special thanks to those who stood for nomination.

Passing of Prof. Dr. Yoshino Masatoshi

2017-07-06 in Members

Prof. Dr. Yoshino Masatoshi (Professor emeritus of the University of Tsukuba, Former senior adviser to the United Nations University) passed away (Jan. 1st 1928 – July 4th 2017). Prof. Yoshino was the 2007 Luke Howard Award winner from the IAUC and made significant contributions to various aspects of regional and urban climatology, along with his teaching and service to a number of academic societies.