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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

Announcement: Diana Northup's presentation in the colloquium next week

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Cave scienctist Diana Northup from the University of New Mexico will visit the Ruhr-University Bochum next week. She will do two presentations: one in the master colloquium on Tuesday, 22nd of October at 4:15 pm and another in...[more]

Announcement: Panagiotis Sismanidis' presentation in the master colloquium on 15th of October

Friday, 20 September 2019

Greek Scientist Panagiotis Sismanidis from the Institue for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens will visit the Urban Climate group in October. During his stay he...[more]

Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School 2019

Monday, 16 September 2019

Vom 02. bis 06. September 2019 war die Arbeitsgruppe Stadtklimatologie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum Mitveranstalter der Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School. Diese wurde vom Research Institute of the University of Bucharest...[more]

International visiting scientist Gerald Mills from Dublin

Friday, 28 June 2019

This Tuesday Gerald Mills, Associate Professor at the University College Dublin and former president of the International Association for Urban Climate, visited the climate group for 4 days. During his visit, he gave a...[more]

Invitation to submit to "Urban Climate Informatics" Session at AGU 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual Fall meeting is a premier gathering of 25,000 scientists and decision-makers from more than 100 countries. Together with Dr. Ariane Middel (Arizona State University, USA), RUB Scientist...[more]

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