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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel

Urban Climatology
Department of Geography
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum, Germany

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Sigrid Block
IA 6/99
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 15:00
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32 - 24244

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Mondays 10:00 - 12:00
IA 6/99


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

ENLIGHT Advisory Board Meeting September 2021

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The second ENLIGHT Advisory Board Meeting took place from 16th to 17th September 2021 in Bochum. The project team was happy to welcome the Advisory Board members Gerald Mills (University College Dublin) and Andreas Christen...[more]

IAUC webinar talk on Challenges of global SUHI analysis by Benjamin Bechtel

Wednesday, 08 September 2021

Benjamin Bechtel today gave a talk on “Challenges of global SUHI analysis” in the new webinar series of the International Association for Urban Climate. The second speaker of the session was James Voogt from the University...[more]

Erfolgreiche Messfahrt im Master-Kurs Crowdsourcing von Lufttemperatur mit Fahrrädern

Friday, 30 July 2021

Nach einem erfolgreichem ersten Durchlauf letztes Jahr, findet auch in diesem Sommersemester wieder der Kurs Crowdsourcing von Lufttemperatur mit Fahrrädern statt. In diesem Jahr wurden die Studierenden mit neuen, schnelleren...[more]

Rekordniederschläge in Bochum

Friday, 16 July 2021

In Folge der stundenlang anhaltenden Starkregenfälle wurde am 14.07.2021 an der Rudolf-Geiger-Station mit 93,4 mm in 24 Stunden ein neuer Stationsrekord aufgestellt (alter Rekord: 81,3 mm gemessen am 20.06.2013). Die Zeitreihe...[more]

New Cordex Project: URBan environments and Regional Climate Change (URB-RCC)

Monday, 31 May 2021

The Urban Climate group scienties Benjamin Bechtel and Matthias Demuzere joined the Cordex Project URBan environments and Regional Climate Change (URB-RCC). The main goal of this CORDEX Flagship Pilot Studies (FPS) project is to ...[more]

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