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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


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

Save the Date for the EARSeL Joint Workshop 2020

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Earth Observation for sustainable cities and comunities[more]

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

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

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,...[more]

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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