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

Helen Ward and Matthias Demuzere appointed to the Board

2018-12-27 in IAUC Admin

We are delighted to announce the election of Helen Ward (University of Innsbruck) and Matthias Demuzere (Founder and CEO Kode, Affiliated researcher at Ghent University and Leuven University) to the Board of the IAUC for the term 2019 – 2022.

Helen Ward obtained her PhD in urban micrometeorology at King’s College London and worked as a post-doc at Reading University and is now based at the Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. For the past two years, Helen has served as editor for the ‘Projects’ section of Urban Climate News and she has been involved in the promotion of diversity and equality within IAUC.

Matthias Demuzere obtained his PhD (IWT) in Science at KU Leuven, where he also completed a six year FWO post-doc. He has been on research stays at the National University of Singapore, Monash University and the MPI for biogeochemistry in Jena. He is currently working as a freelance climatologist for the start-up Kode that aims to protect the most vulnerable communities and enable sustainable resilience. Mathias Demuzere has coordinated the IAUC Bibliography Committee for the past four years.

Helen Ward and Matthias Demuzere will replace Edward Ng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Fei Chen (NCAR, USA) whose terms on the Board expired. The IAUC executive also thanks Edward Ng and Fei Chen for their commitment and contributions to IAUC and to its Board.

Election for two Board members

2018-12-12 in Newsletter

We received six nominations for the two Board positions for the term 2019 – 2022.

Therefore, we will hold an election. All members of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) registered on this site by November 6, 2018 are eligible to vote for up to two candidates in the election. Please follow your personal, single-use link sent to you by email. The election closes on December 26, 2018, 23:59 UTC.

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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Wilhelm Kuttler receives 2018 Luke Howard Award

2018-10-05 in Awards

Wilhelm Kuttler in his address at the award ceremony

Congratulations to Wilhelm Kuttler, the recipient of the 2018 Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology. Wilhelm Kuttler from the University of Duisburg-Essen receives the Association’s highest honour for his outstanding leadership in the development of urban climate science, and for his promotion of the international community that has emerged and led to the formation of IAUC. Internationally, for many years Prof. Kuttler has been a leader in the development of the field of urban climatology and its communication. The official award ceremony took place at the 10thConference on Environmental Meteorology (METTOOLS) of the German Meteorological Society in Braunschweig, Germany on September 25, 2018.

 

5th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands Hyderabad, India Dec 2-4, 2019

2018-09-20 in Newsletter

IC2UHI 2019 organizing team reminds you that the abstracts submission deadline is approaching. You still have 10 days for the submission of your abstract(s).

Submit abstract here

The Fifth International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (IC2UHI), will be devoted to the science, engineering and public policies to help relieve the excess heat and air pollution in urban environments. It has long been recognized that the excessive heat and smog in many cities, the “Urban Heat Island” (UHI), is partly due to the choices of building materials, vegetation and urban design. Scientists, engineers, builders, architects, and government officials concerned with improving the urban environment are urged to participate in the 5th IC2UHI.

Important Dates for the Conference

Abstract  Opening       June 1, 2018
Abstract  Deadline      Sep 30, 2018
Abstract  Acceptance  Nov 30, 2018
Draft Full Paper          April 30, 2019
Return Review             July 15, 2019
Revised Full Paper      Sep 1, 2019

Scientific Scope of the Conference

  • Cool materials development & characteristics
  • Urban vegetation and greenery
  • Measurement techniques and standards
  • Policies, rating and labelling programs
  • Remote sensing of cities and urban climates
  • Outdoor comfort and health in the urban environment
  • Analysis of UHI and its effects across scales
  • Modelling and forecasting urban climate and weather
  • Impact of UHI on the urban economy
  • Resilient design of buildings in response to changing climates
  • Effect of UHI on urban poor
  • Anthropogenic heat and urban morphology
  • Implementation of urban heat mitigation strategies
  • Any other topic related to Urban Heat Island

It is proposed to publish accepted papers in electronic conference proceedings with Elsevier and selected papers in Energy and Buildings Journal Special Issue: Countering urban Heat Island (UHI) and Climate Change Through Mitigation and Adaptation.

Venue & Secretariat:

Center for IT in Building Science
IIIT, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Telangana, India-500032
E-mail: info@heatislandcountermeasures.org

Conference Chair

Prof. Hashem Akbari
Concordia University Montreal
E-mail: hakbari@encs.concordia.ca

Organising Chair

Prof. Vishal Garg
IIIT Hyderabad
E-mail: vishal@iiit.ac.in