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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

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]

International scientific visit from Simone Kotthaus

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

On the 19th and 20th November, Dr. Simone Kotthaus from the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris visited the Urban Climate working group. During her stay, she gave an exciting presentation on the atmospheric boundary...[more]

EARSeL Joint Workshop 2019: First Call for Papers

Wednesday, 06 November 2019

The EARSeL Joint Workshop takes place next year from 26th to 28th of May in Liege, Belgium and just opened the first call for papers.  Papers will be presented orally and as posters. For abstract submission please visit the...[more]

Announcement: Simone Kotthaus' presentation in the master colloquium on 19th November

Wednesday, 06 November 2019

Simone Kotthaus from the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace in Paris, France will visit the Urban Climate group in November. While staying in Bochum, she will do a presentation in the master colloquium on 19th November at 4:15 pm,...[more]

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]

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