The Guardian: “Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C”

August 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

With links to ICUC-10 and thanks to Dev Niyogi & Nigel Tapper for raising awareness of the urban dimensions of heat.…/a…/13/halfway-boiling-city-50c

Postdoctoral Position in Urban Climate Modelling: Boston University

August 14, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Environmental Fluid Mechanics group ( in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University is seeking a postdoctoral candidate interested in urban climate modeling. Specifically, the successful candidate will lead research on improving the urban canopy models in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Earth System Model and using these urbanized global earth system models to explore a range of urban sustainability and environmental issues including heat stress, water scarcity, urban-related land-use transitions, and urban-atmosphere interactions.

Candidates with previous experience with urban climate modeling using large-scale weather (e.g., WRF) and climate models (e.g., CESM) and experience with high-performance computing in Unix based operating systems and scientific computing languages (e.g., Matlab, Python) are preferred, but highly motivated graduates with background in meteorology and climatology, hydrology, geography, and earth sciences are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree is required by the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will benefit from close collaborations with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and GFDL. The successful candidate will also benefit from an outstanding research environment at Boston University. In particular, the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University has strong strengths in areas of land-use/land-cover change and coupled natural and human dimensions of climate change. The department is also home to the Center for Remote Sensing, an active cluster of faculty who are world leaders in this field.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Dan Li ( Please include a cover letter, your latest CV, and names of up to three references. Position start date is as soon as possible but can be changed depending on the candidate’s availability. Initial contract duration is 12 months. Extension is desired but conditional on the performance of the candidate. efm/

Postdoctoral researcher: urban climate modeling for heatwaves; University of Reading

July 24, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling to join our NERC-funded research project COSMA to understand the overheating risk and heatwaves in South Asian counties using Sri Lanka as a case study.  The main goal of the work will be to undertake multi-scale climate modeling (urban and building scales) and overheating risk mapping.

The post will be jointly supervised by myself at the School of the Built Environment, and Prof Sue Grimmond and Dr Ting Sun from Department of Meteorology, both at the University of Reading, UK. The post-holder will also benefit from working with experts in different disciplines including meteorology, architecture, planning, engineering and social science within the research team.

School of the Built Environment and Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading are two world-leading research groups in the UK. In REF 2014, School of the Built Environment was ranked 6th in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, and Department of Meteorology was ranked 3rd in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences.

For job details, please go to

For informal contacts, please contact either Dr Zhiwen(Vincent) Luo ( or Prof Sue Grimmond (

Postdoctoral Researcher: Urban Climate Modelling, NUS

July 20, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Urban Climate Lab ( in the Department of Geography ( at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is recruiting a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher. We are seeking to strengthen our numerical modeling capabilities to complement current work in experimental urban climate research. The selected person will primarily provide expertise in validating and developing existing urban climate models, though opportunities exist to also participate in experimental field campaigns.

The models considered include the meso-scale urban parameterization scheme WRF, LES model PALM, energy balance scheme LUMPS, outdoor thermal comfort models such as ENVI-met, SOLWEIG and SkyHelios, or fine-scaled process-based urban energy balanced models like TUF3D that have not been tested or applied in densely populated cities in Asia. One possibility is that the successful applicant leads a systematic model comparison study to evaluate the applicability and fitness of models in the tropical context.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a related field, relevant modeling experience, ability to work with large data sets, and excellent technical, organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, to disseminate key results to the academic community and publish novel research work.

The position is approved and upon satisfactory performance available until March 2021. To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter, full CV including names and contact information of three references via email to Dr Matthias Roth (; who can also be approached for informal information. Applications completed before 15 September 2018 will receive primary consideration. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

For further information, contact:

Matthias ROTH
Professor and Deputy Head
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link, Kent Ridge, Singapore 117570
+65 6516 6103 (DID) :: +65 6777 3091 (Fax) :: (E)
Associate Editor, International Journal of Climatology

Tenure track job: “Urban carbon dynamics” at American University (Washington, DC)

July 12, 2018 in Positions

The Department of Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Science at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2019.  Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2018 in geology, environmental science, earth science or related field.

Candidates must be strongly committed to excellence in scholarly research and should be effective teachers.  We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship in areas including quantitative ecosystem analysis with possible emphases on terrestrial and/or urban carbon dynamics. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school and university activities.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin September 26, 2018, subject to on-going budgetary approval.  Please submit applications via:  Include a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.  Please contact Stephen MacAvoy, Department Chair, 202-885-3003 or if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit

Established in 2008, the Department of Environmental Science offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Learn more about our program at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.  American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Alonzo
Asst Professor | Dept of Environmental Science
American University | 202-885-1770

June 2018 issue of the Urban Climate News

July 6, 2018 in Newsletter

The June 2018 issue of the Urban Climate News is now available!
Read about:

  • New IAUC statement on Diversity and a Special Report on Women in STEMM leadership
  • Weather at the World Cup
  • 6 Research priorities for Cities and Climate Change
  • Burning Man Experiment
  • Climate studies in Glasgow, UK
  • Urban climate, urban biometeorology, and science tools for cities at EGU 2018

and more!

Urban Areas and Global Change Session at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

June 25, 2018 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:

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

New IAUC Board Executive

June 6, 2018 in Newsletter

Please join me in welcoming our new Board Executive: President-Elect, Nigel Tapper (Monash University, Australia) and Secretary-Elect Andreas Christen (University of Freiburg, Germany).

Nigel is a current member of the IAUC Board completing a 4 year term as an elected Board Member. Andreas rejoins the Board after serving a 4 year term as an elected Board member from 2012-2016.

They will begin their 4 year terms in August at the time of ICUC-10.

Thanks to Secretary David Sailor and Past-Secretary Rohinton Emmanuel for their help in running the search and election process on behalf of the Board.


Call for papers: Special Issue “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes”

June 6, 2018 in Journal Special Issue

Dear Colleagues,
Prof. Eberhard Parlow and I are serving as Guest Editors for a Special Issue entitled “Remote Sensing of Urban Energy and CO2 Fluxes” for the Remote Sensing journal. We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at:
The submission deadline is 30 June 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.
Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (, if possible.
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. The Article Processing Charges (APC) for accepted papers are CHF 1800. You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), for more information see:
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (
Best regards,
Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Director of Research at FORTH / IACM
100 N. Plastira Str., Vassilika Vouton, GR 70013
Heraklion, Greece

PhD opportunity: “Latent heat balance dynamics and heatwaves in cities” UNSW

June 6, 2018 in Student_Positions

Climate change strongly impacts the climate of cities, especially during heatwaves where there are synergies between synoptic conditions and local climate. Lack of understanding of the dynamics of evapotranspiration by vegetation and turbulent latent heat balance before heatwaves often leads to under-prediction of such events. This project will connect plant water use and stomatal conductance models differentiated by vegetation-soil systems with land surface models to provide new insight into the impacts of the built environment on moisture fluxes that influence heatwave intensity. Then it will investigate the climate impacts of the dynamic response of greenery in extreme heat conditions.

The ideal candidate has a strong cross-disciplinary scientific background, with solid bases in physics, maths, and especially in heat transfer and climate science. She/he has confidence in numerical simulation and data analysis. Programming skills and knowledge of fundamentals of statistics and probabilistic and possibilistic methods are an asset.

The successful candidate will work with both the Faculty of Built Environment and the Climate Change Research Centre in the Faculty of Science. The student will be supervised by Dr Riccardo Paolini (Built Environment), Dr Melissa Hart (Climate Change Research Centre) and Professor Mattheos Santamouris (Built Environment).

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a prestigious scholarship package of $50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per annum for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities.

The candidate will also become part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. The Centre provides excellent opportunities for travel and graduate student development.

Further details about the Scientia PhD scholarships can be found at and summarised in the FAQ (

Interested students should in the first instance send a CV, statement of research interests, and copies of academic transcripts to and

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