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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

Group office

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

Jahrestagung AK Klima 2021

Tuesday, 09 November 2021

Am vergangenen Wochenende (5. bis 7. November 2021) nahm die Arbeitsgruppe Stadtklimatologie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum an der 39. Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreis Klima teil. Nach Pandemie-bedingtem Ausfall im vergangen Jahre...[more]

RUB Climatology involved in COST action FAIRNESS

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

The COST action CA20108 - FAIR NEtwork of micrometeorological measurements (FAIRNESS) started with a two-day online meeting of the Management Committee on October 14th and 15th.FAIRNESS addresses the sparseness on...[more]

Benjamin Bechtel erhält den Timothy Oke Award

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Der Geowissenschaftler wird für seine Verdienste in der Stadtklimaforschung ausgezeichnet. Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel ist von der International Association for Urban Climate mit dem „Timothy Oke Award“...[more]

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]

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