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 by the German Meteorological Service (DWD), the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg 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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Urban Climate News June 2019

2019-07-12 in Newsletter

Issue 72, June 2019

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 72, June 2019) is available. It features research insights such as “effects of micro-scale self-shading on wall surface temperatures”, reports about the recent heatwave in Europe, and presents efforts to create an outdoor thermal comfort database.

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.

Urban Climate News March 2019

2019-04-06 in Newsletter

Issue 71, March 2019

The latest issue of “Urban Climate News” (Issue 71, March 2019) is available. It announces the next ICUC conference in Sydney, Australia in 2021, presents research on how to measure productivity of urban vegetation using satellite imagery, and contains an extended Tribute to Professor Arieh Bitan.

Sydney, Australia selected to host ICUC-11 in 2021

2019-04-06 in Newsletter

The next International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-11) will take place in Sydney, Australia from August 30 to September 3, 2021. The Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) selected the team in Sydney with its proposal “Cities as Living Labs: Climate, Vulnerability, and Multidisciplinary Solutions“ on April 4, 2019. The Board’s decision follows the results of a membership consultation in March. In the membership consultation, a strong preference for Sydd ney emerged. From a total of 240 voters, 64% ranked Sydney their first choice, followed by 19% that ranked “Hong Kong” first and 17% that ranked “Beijing” first.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) who will host ICUC-11 has also received support from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on the Urban Environment (BUE) to run ICUC-11 together with the Symposium on the Urban Environment (AMS-BUE). UNSW will collaborate with other Australian Universities and Research Institutes in hosting this conference.

The next International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-11) will take place in Sydney, Australia between August 30 and September 3, 2021.

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Call for nominations – 2019 Luke Howard Award

2019-03-28 in Awards, IAUC Admin

The International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2019 ‘Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.’

The Luke Howard Award may be given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of urban climatology in a combination of research, teaching, and/or service to the international community of urban climatologists.

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 (including a CV of the nominee and three letters of recommendation).  Self-nominations are not permitted and current Awards Committee members cannot be evaluated.  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

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Vote on next ICUC location and timing

2019-03-09 in Newsletter

All active IAUC members have received a personal link per email to a survey where they can indicate their preferences about the location and timing of the next International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-11) in 2021 / 2022.

The following three candidate packages to host ICUC-11 in Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney were selected by the board based on financial viability, logistical feasibility, cultural diversity and the local organizing team and are now forwarded to the membership community in the consultation process:

The IAUC board thanks the candidate teams for preparing proposals to host ICUC-11. We thank everyone for participating in the survey and sharing their preferences and vote. The survey closes Monday, March 25, 23:59 CET.

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

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