Call for Nominations for 2 new members of the Board of the IAUC

September 2, 2017 in IAUC Admin

We are now calling for nominations for 2 new members of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate. One is to replace Alexander Baklanov of WMO, Switzerland, whose term expires in 2017. The second position is for a short-term expansion of the Board to better distribute vacancies from one year to the next. Both member terms will be for four (4) years.

The Board seeks members eager to play an active role in the development of the society and who reflect the diversity of the membership in terms of their perspectives, fields of study and geographical location; we particularly encourage nominations of female members. The procedures for Board elections are available at the IAUC website ( follow “IAUC Procedures and Administrative Matters” under ‘Organisation’ in the main navigation menu). To see the present composition of the IAUC board, follow the ‘Current Board Members’ link from the same website.

The nomination process will be conducted as described below. (1) If you are nominating another person, proceed as follows:

a. Email the IAUC Secretary indicating the name and affiliation of your nominee.

b. Also name *TWO* other persons who support the nomination. They must also email the Secretary indicating their support of the nominee within the nomination period.

c. The nominee should also email the Secretary indicating her/his willingness to stand. The nominee should also provide his/her 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 after the 250th word).

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

a. Email the IAUC Secretary indicating that you are nominating yourself.

b. Also name *THREE* other persons who support your nomination. They must also email the Secretary indicating their support for your nomination within the nomination period.

c. 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 after the 250th word).

Also please note the following:(i) All nominees, nominators and persons supporting a nomination must be members of the IAUC as of this moment. New members will not be eligible to vote or be nominated in this round of elections.(ii) All required information, as outlined in (1) or (2) above, must be received by the Secretary by Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, 11:59 pm (UTC).(iii) E-mails should be sent to the Secretary at email address *DO NOT* use the ‘reply’ function of your mailer to contact the Secretary. Receipt of nomination e-mails will be confirmed. No other method of communication will be accepted.(iv) 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.(v) An election will be conducted via email or the web, with the two candidates receiving the highest vote counts being deemed to have been elected.

Call for Participants in HUMINEX 2.0 Study

September 2, 2017 in Projects, Resources

The HUMan INfluence EXperiment (HUMINEX) is happy to launch an open call for participants for its HUMINEX 2.0 study.
Central aim of HUMINEX is the evaluation of the human influence on the supervised Local Climate Zone classification employed in the WUDAPT initiative (
Details and results of the first phase of HUMINEX are published in an open access publication by Benjamin Bechtel et al. (, also featured in the June 2017 newsletter of the International Association for Urban Climate:
HUMINEX 2.0 continues this work with an advanced experiment setup, focusing on the city of Berlin, Germany. The experiment is open to everyone, from individuals to university courses.
At the moment already close to 100 contributions to HUMINEX 2.0 have been made, but we are still searching for participants.
Deadline for contributions is November 1, 2017. For more information please visit the WUDAPT website (, where you can find all the information and course materials for HUMINEX 2.0.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to inform us of your participation under

Call for Abstracts: Local & Regional Response in the Water Cycle Due to Urbanization 2018 AMS Annual Meeting

July 16, 2017 in Meetings

Session: Local and Regional Response in the Water Cycle Due to Urbanization
Event: 2018 AMS Annual Meeting, 32nd Conference on Hydrology
When:  7-11 January 2018 (session date TBD)
Where: Austin, Texas, United States
Abstracts due: 1 August 2017


Urban climate literature consistently suggests that cities impact the water cycle through modifications in evapotranspiration, precipitation, and surface runoff processes. These impacts extend beyond the urban core into adjacent suburban, ex-urban, and rural areas. This session seeks to highlight emerging research that focuses on quantitative analysis of observations and numerical simulations surrounding hydrometeorological response to urbanization on the local and regional scale. Advancements in urban climate theory and research-to-application methods related to the water cycle are also welcome. Submit now!

If you are interested, please submit via the AMS abstract portal.
If you have any questions or suggested speakers, please contact Bradford Johnson at

Call for Abstracts – Fall AGU Session: Urban Areas & Global Change

July 16, 2017 in Meetings

AGU Session on “Urban Areas and Global Change”.  This year the AGU Fall meeting will be held in New Orleans.  We invite abstracts broadly from the urban climate, urban flux, atmospheric science, and related urbanization policy and social science fields.
DEADLINE: 2 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT
Submit an abstract at the following link:
AGU Fall Meeting – New Orleans, 11-15 December 2017
Session GC081: Urban Areas and Global Change
Session Description:
Urban areas have important feedbacks to Earth system processes from local to global scales. Understanding these feedbacks often requires a combination of expertise from different scientific fields. This session invites submissions of new results based on observational, experimental, modeling, or data-analysis studies of biogeochemical 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.
Galina Churkina, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Joseph P McFadden, University of California Santa Barbara, United States
Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Tim M Butler, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
Co-Organized with:
Global Environmental Change, Atmospheric Sciences, and Global Environmental Change

Summer in the City Climate Videos Released by WMO

July 6, 2017 in Resources

WMO in partnership with Climate Central launched a new series of a dozen videos on “Summer in the City” contributed by weather presenters.  The videos will be subtitled in English, French, and Spanish. They each conclude with an encouraging statement by Miguel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City and Vice Chair of C40 Cities for Latin America.

Watch the “summer in the city” climate reports on the WMO YouTube channel here and WMO is also  using the hashtag #cityheat on Twitter

See also the ‘shifting cities‘ resource from Climate Central.


  • 5 July – Madrid and Barcelona, TVE
  • 6 July – Montreal, MétéoMédia
  • 7 July – Frankfurt, ARD
  • 10 July – Sofia, NOVA TV
  • 11 July – Hanoi, VTV
  • 12 July – Cape Town, SABC
  • 13 July – Brussels, VTM Nieuws
  • 14 July – Buenos Aires, National Meteorological Service
  • 17 July – Berlin, ZDF
  • 18 July – Paris, France TV
  • 21 July – Havana
  • Mid-July – Miami, NBC/El Mundo
  • August – Tokyo, NTV

Passing of Prof. Dr. Yoshino Masatoshi

July 6, 2017 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.

Special Sessions: Predictability in Urban Areas and Integrated Environmental Prediction

July 5, 2017 in Meetings

Conference on Predictability and Multi-Scale Prediction of High Impact Weather

Special Sessions on Predictability in Urban Areas and Integrated Environmental Prediction

October 9th – 12th 2017 in Landshut, Germany
Last week for abstract submission!
Deadline 7 July 2017

The meeting is co-sponsored by the HIWeather project of the World Weather Research Program ( and by Waves to Weather, a Collaborative Research Center funded by the German Research Council ( With a focused agenda and participation limited to 100-200 people, there will be ample opportunities for discussion and networking.

Keynote talks from:  Ulrich Blahak (DWD – German Meteorological Service, Germany),  George Craig (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany),  Jimy Dudhia (UCAR, USA), Tilmann Gneiting (Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Germany), Brian Golding (MetOffice, UK),  Sue Grimmond (University of Reading, UK), Bruce Macpherson (Met Office, UK)

Abstracts are solicited for oral and poster presentations including, but not limited to, the following areas:
* The role of scale interactions and error growth in limiting the predictability of high impact weather
* Impact of diabatic processes on predictability of high impact weather
* Multi-scale prediction systems, including data assimilation strategies for improved high impact weather prediction
* Probabilistic forecasting, including statistical post-processing methods
* Evaluation and improved modeling of cloud and PBL processes
* Prediction of high impact weather in urban areas
* Integrated environmental prediction
* Extreme weather events such as floods, damaging winds or heat waves

Full information, including abstract submission and registration is on the conference website:

Urban Meteorology Course 28 Aug – 8 Sep 2017 Malaysia

July 5, 2017 in Meetings, Resources


28 August – 8 September 2017
Gelang Patah, Malaysia (University of Reading Malaysia Campus)

This training course will cover all aspects of urban meteorology, environment (including air quality) and climate. By the end of the course participants will be able to critique siting of instrumentation in urban areas, undertake modelling of urban areas and know how to deliver climate services in urban areas.

Detailed Description

This course is part of the WMO education and training programme.

All participants are required to register to apply for a place on the course.  This is done by completing a purchase (FREE OF CHARGE) on this system (see link below).   Following registration, participants will be sent an application form by email which should be returned no later than 14 July.  The number of spaces on the course is limited to 25 participants. The local cost of the training course is 450 GBP (578 CHF) which will cover course fees, accommodation, breakfast and lunch.

Note there are some funded places available (review of these will start on 17 July).

1st International Workshop on Wind-Related Disasters & Mitigation

July 4, 2017 in Meetings

The 1st International Workshop on Wind-Related Disasters & Mitigation (WRDM) will be held in Tohoku University, Japan on March 11-14, 2018.

Official website:

Submission deadline of 1 page abstracts has been extended to July 15.


Summer 2017 issue of the Urban Climate News

June 29, 2017 in Newsletter

The June 2017 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available.

The First Call for Papers for ICUC-10 is available beginning on pg 38 of this issue.

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