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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel

Urban Climatology
Department of Geography
Ruhr-Universität Bochum



Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Germany

Group office

Heike Pientka-Noll
IA 6/123
Office hours: Mon - Fri 9:30 - 12:30
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32 - 28313
Fax: +49 (0) 234 32 - 14469


Climatology group: about us

We are interested in how the climate system works and how it is linked to human activities. Knowledge about the complex interplay in the climate system contributes to the understanding of climate dynamics and the interpretation as well as evaluation of future developments.

Since March 2019 Benjamin Bechtel is leading the (urban) climatology group. The webpage will be updated soon.

Our research includes:

Urban climate

  • Exchange processes in the PBL affecting the energy balance
  • Transport of pollutants
  • Air quality analysis

Climates Of Extreme Locations

Our methods include ground-based measurements and satellite-based remote sensing. To reflect physical processes and mechanisms numerical models in process-based studies and dynamical downscaling approaches are used. For more information please visit our research pages.


Current events and announcements

Benjamin Bechtel, new chair of climatology

Monday, 28 January 2019

We welcome Dr. Benjamin Bechtel, the new chair of climatology. His research focuses in thermal time series analysis for urban climate monitoring, building a global database of form and function of cities and observation of...[more]

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