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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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Past-IAUC president Sue Grimmond receives prestigious Symons Gold Medal 

2021-06-08 in Awards, Members

Professor Sue Grimmond, past IAUC president, has received the Royal Meteorological Society’s prestigious Symons Gold Medal. The Symons Gold Medal is awarded every two years to recognise notable work in connection with meteorological science. 

Professor Grimmond’s nomination recognises her research excellence in understanding urban climates, her outstanding contribution to improving the environment in cities around the world, and the selfless fostering of young researchers. Her long-term observations and unique datasets have had a significant impact on weather and climate predictions and understanding the effects of air pollution, which has influenced long-term urban planning and policy. Through her work with leading organisations such as the World Meteorological Organization, Met Office and the IAUC, she has ensured that cutting edge science can be translated into operational services for the built environment. 

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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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Passing of Professor Emeritus Baruch Givoni

2020-05-27 in IAUC Statements, Members

Professor Baruch Givoni

The Board of the IAUC is saddened to announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Baruch Givoni, on the eve of his 100th birthday. Prof. Givoni was a pioneer in the understanding of urban and building climatology, and his prolific work over many decades included the landmark book “Man, Climate and Architecture” as well as the highly influential WMO publication “Urban Design In Different Climates“. Beyond the respect and admiration that he enjoyed around the world, Baruch was beloved by those who knew him as a modest and unassuming person. His generosity of spirit, his curiosity and his active pursuit of knowledge endured until his final days.

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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