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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



The Bochum Urban Climate Summer School will take place from 17th August to 21st August 2020. More information will follow shortly.

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

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]

Announcement: Course Introduction to Google Earth Engine

Thursday, 09 January 2020

On 21st January, guest scientist Susanne Benz will do a course on Google Earth Engine from 2 pm to 5 pm in room IA 6/151. The course will cover the following topics: This class introduces analysis of satellite imagery in the...[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]

Vortrag bei der Campus for Future Klimawoche an der TU Dortmund

Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Am Mittwochabend, den 27.11.2019, hielt Benjamin Bechtel, Professor für Stadtklimatologie an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, eine Vorlesung zu den wissenschaftlichen Hintergründen des natürlichen und anthropogenen Klimawandels. Die...[more]

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