PDF – Urban Microclimatology – National University of Singapore

September 26, 2016 in Positions

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in the “Cooling Singapore” project awarded to the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore. The successful applicant is expected to (i) lead the analysis of existing UHI mitigation techniques and evaluate which strategies would perform best in the tropical-humid climate context of Singapore considering multiple scales (from building to the entire city), (ii) develop and assist in micro-scale experiments on UHI mitigation which can be observational, modeling or a combination of both, and (iii) present results at conferences/meetings and lead the writing of scientific papers.

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. and strong grounding in climate/geography or a related urban climate field, with requisite knowledge of either field techniques, Geographical Information Systems Science, remote sensing and/or applied urban climate modeling, and excellent technical, organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, to disseminate key results to the academic community, project partners and government stakeholders. The position will be based in the urban climate lab of the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore (http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/geog/), and will have opportunities to collaborate with other investigators involved in the “Cooling Singapore” project. The department is consistently ranked among the top ten Geography departments in the world in the QS World University Rankings, placing ninth (first in Asia) for the 2016 list.

The position is approved for a two-year period starting in January 2017, and will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected. Informal inquiries regarding the post can be directed to Drs Matthias Roth (geomr@nus.edu.sg) or Winston Chow (winstonchow@nus.edu.sg). An internationally competitive remuneration package, based on qualifications and experience, will be offered to the successful candidate. All applications, including a cover letter, short research statement, and full CV (including a list of publications) together with names and contact information for three references, should be submitted by 30 October 2016 via e-mail to Drs Roth and Chow. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Two PDF positions: Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling Singapore

September 26, 2016 in Positions

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the  Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG), SMART located in Singapore. The job scope is about urban heat island (UHI) effect and its mitigations in Singapore using majorly numerical models (both microscale computational fluid dynamics and numerical weather prediction models). Please see the following links for more details:

For more information contact Li Xianxiang




Professor of Environmental Science (rank open), American University, Washington DC

September 10, 2016 in Positions

The Department of Environmental Science in the College of Arts & Sciences at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor beginning August 1, 2017.  An urban focus is encouraged.

We are particularly interested in those working in applied atmospheric science and employing computational, geospatial, or modeling approaches. Candidates must possess their Ph.D. at the time of application and those with active external funding will be the most competitive. The position also offers opportunities to collaborate with a diverse and interdisciplinary group of environmental and sustainability researchers across the university. A successful candidate will demonstrate or provide evidence of excellence in teaching. The candidate will be expected to mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, and participate in departmental, college, and university activities and service.

For a full description and to apply, please use this link: https://apply.interfolio .com/36561 

Closes: Sep 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (GMT-4 hours)
Please contact Steve MacAvoy (macavoy@american.edu) if you have any questions about this position.

WUDAPT Workshop: 5-6 December CUHK, Hong Kong

August 31, 2016 in Meetings

WUDAPT Workshop:  Various Applications of WUDAPT Products

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 5–6 December 2016

The World Urban Database and Access Port Tools (WUDAPT) initiative (http://www.wudapt.org) is a community-driven data collection initiative that draws upon the considerable network of urban climate scientists around the world.

 Various applications of WUDAPT products will be discussed and shared in this workshop. The invited speakers will show how the WUDAPT products can be implemented in climate modeling simulations benefit climate-sensitive urban design and planning.

The workshop goal is to use WUDAPT methods to provide a map of the urban landscapes of each city and assess their climate effects. This will serve as a useful reference and basis to local government and researchers for future urban development.

Papers and posters are invited on WUDAPT applications, result validation methods, urban morphology detection and the global carbon project. Registration is open until 30 September.

Please click here for more workshop details, programme and registration.

Enquiries: Miss Sze-Wai Wong (szewai@cuhk.edu.hk)

Nominations open for 1 new IAUC Board Member

August 7, 2016 in Positions

We are now calling for nominations for 1 new member of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate. This is to replace Andreas Christen of University of British Columbia whose term expires in 2016.

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, see the Current Board Members.

13th Symposium on the Urban Environment

August 1, 2016 in Meetings

13th Symposium on the Urban Environment

Seattle, Washington (USA) January 22-26, 2017

The theme for the 2017 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting is “Observations Lead the Way”. The theme conveys that our first priority should be to obtain the necessary observations and information to address data needs for NWP, climate, situational awareness, economic value of forecasts, societal impacts, etc. Thus we need data-driven and science-driven decisions to move our community and society forward.

Under the auspices of the proposed theme, topics related to advances in observations, modeling, and applications can be explored at the 13th Symposium on the Urban Environment.

Papers and posters are invited on all subjects dealing with urban environment issues, including in-situ and remote-sensing observations, modeling, theoretical, forecasting, and applied studies such as societal and economic impacts of urbanization.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 8 August 2016

submit abstract

See the full call for papers at: https://annual.ametsoc.org/2017/index.cfm/programs/conferences-and-symposia/13th-symposium-on-the-urban-environment/

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

August 1, 2016 in Meetings

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016
5-9 September 2016 | Shanghai, China


The programme for Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 is now available for download at http://www.urbantransitionsconference.com

At the Summit expert keynote speakers and panellists will lead discussion on a range of interdisciplinary topics influencing our built environment, the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our cities and what strategies and models will drive their transition to a more sustainable and resilient future.

Keynote talks and panel sessions will be supplemented by workshops, around 100 contributed presentations and extensive poster sessions covering a variety of cross-sector and cross-discipline research topics including urban climate and climate change adaptation.

PhD position at KU Leuven (Belgium)

July 16, 2016 in Student_Positions

A PhD position (4year period) on urban climate modeling in Africa, is available at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences KU Leuven, Belgium.

For details and how to apply, please see the full position description.


AGU Session: Urban Areas and Global Change

July 16, 2016 in Meetings

The AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco 12-16 December 2016 will include a session: “Urban Areas and Global Change”. Abstracts are invited broadly from the urban climate, ecology, flux, biogeochemistry, and related urbanization policy and social science fields.

DEADLINE: 3 August, 11:59 P.M. EDT
For more information and to submit an abstract, please see:

Summer 2016 edition of the Urban Climate News

July 14, 2016 in Newsletter

The  Summer 2016 edition of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents
News: Mapping urbanization • Birds stressed out • India forests 200 cities
Feature: A new anthropogenic heating database developed for US cities
Projects: The microclimatic effects of urban form and atmospheric stability
Special Reports: Climatic “memory”: The ancient olive trees of Jerusalem
Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: IAUC has signed a new agreement of cooperation with WMO

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