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RUBclim scientist Dr. Matthias Demuzere hosts full day urban climate session at EGU19

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 14:15

On 7-12 April 2019, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly was held in Vienna, Austria. With the urban environment being of increasing scientific concern, one of the EGU sessions was dedicated to “Urban climate, urban biometeorology, and science tools for cities”. Hosts this year were Sorin Cheval (Met Service & Air Force Academy, Romania), Matthias Demuzere (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) and Natalie Theeuwes (University of Reading, UK). Co-conveners Hendrik Wouters (Ghent University, Belgium) and Matei Georgescu (Arizona State University, USA) could not be present yet supported the preparation of the session.

This year’s session received 72 abstracts, resulting in 28 oral presentations and 44 posters. For the first time in the history of this session it was possible to secure four oral blocks (a full day of urban climate) in one of the largest conference rooms, followed by a 2 hour poster session the next day. 

In order to provide some structure into this large session, the oral blocks were clustered along four major topics: thermal environment, modelling and process understanding, experimental monitoring and adaptation, planning and policy. The content of the oral presentations was just as broad as the geographical spread of the speakers and their region of interests. There was also an impressive range of spatial scales involved, from global projections of climate change over 4800 m² of outdoor scale models to 1 m spatial resolution heat maps for a city in the Netherlands. The experimental monitoring session also hosted one invited presentation delivered by Prof. Dr. Ariane Middel (Arizona State University, Arizona, USA) entitled “Urban climate informatic. An emerging research field”. 

The poster session the next day equally offered a good opportunity to share knowledge and experience between the academic community and practitioners around the globe. Also here, the geographic coverage of the contributions (e.g., case studies from South-East Asia, all parts of Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Arctic, ...) demonstrated the considerable interest in integrated urban climate systems, processes and impacts. 

Amidst all the science conversations there was also room for a social event. Some session attendees gathered for a social dinner on Monday evening in Stadtgasthaus Eisvogel, a Viennese restaurant in Pratern, one of Vienna’s largest public parks. Great people, good food and a relaxing atmosphere, the perfect ingredients for a good night out.