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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel

Urban Climatology
Department of Geography
Ruhr-Universität Bochum



Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Germany

Group office

Sigrid Block
IA 6/99
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 15:00
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32 - 24244

Teaching Matters

Heike Pientka-Noll
IA 6/123
Office hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 - 12:30
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32 - 28313


Climatology group

We are interested in the climate system and its links to human activities. In particular we investigate local and microscale effects in extraordinary and extreme environments such as cities, caves, and mountain tops. Our research interests include: 

Urban climates

  • Remote sensing of urban climates
  • A global database of form and function of cities
  • Crowd sourcing of urban environments and smart city
  • Applied urban climatology and climate adaption

Climates Of Extreme Locations

  • ground-based measurements and satellite-based remote sensing 
  • numerical models and dynamical downscaling 
  • subway climatology and climatology of glacial caves and mines
  • climatology of mountain tops

Current events and announcements

Bürgerdialog im Agenda Kino, Onikon in Herdecke

Friday, 24 January 2020

Am 23.01.2020 wurde im Onikon in Herdecke der Dokumentarfilm "Zwischen Himmel und Eis" von Oskarpreisträger Luc Jacquet gezeigt. Der Film zeigt das Leben des Polarforschers Claude Lorius, der 1965 nach acht Jahren der...[more]

Prof. Dr. Bechtel beim öffentlichen Symposium "Städte im Klimawandel" in Hamburg

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel aus der Arbeitsgruppe Urban Climatology wird vom 05.- 06.02.2020 am öffentlichen Symposium zur Städten im Klimawandel in Hamburg teilnehmen und dort einen Vortrag über die Messung des Stadtklimas mit...[more]

International Scientist Susanne Benz at the Urban Climate Working Group

Thursday, 09 January 2020

Dr. Susanne Benz from the University of California San Diego is currently visiting the Urban Climate Working Group. She is staying in Bochum from 6th January to 31st January. She started of her visit with a great...[more]

Unusually warm December 2019

Monday, 06 January 2020

A mean temperature of 5.6 °C marks the month of December 2019 as an unusually warm December. Compared to the long term mean temperature from 1981 to 2010, the temperature was elevated by 1.6 K. The maximum daily temperature...[more]

Announcement: Susanne Benz' visit of the Urban Climate Working Group

Saturday, 28 December 2019

International scientist Susanne Benz from the University of California San Diego will visit the Urban Climate Working Group from 6th to 31st January. Besides working on joint papers and developing new project ideas, she will do a...[more]

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