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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

ENLIGHT - ENabling the anaLysIs of Global urban HeaT – New project website

Monday, 01 February 2021

The research project ENLIGHT aims at developing a consistent and generic methodology that enables a globally consistent analysis of urban heat islands. In order to achieve this goal, both satellite earth observation and...[more]

Guest PhD Liu Zihan from Nanjing University

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

Liu Zihan, PhD Student at Nanjing University in China, started his stay at the Urban Climate Group on 1st December. He will stay in Bochum for six months. His research focuses on thermal remote sensing and surface urban heat...[more]

New Paper: Meteorological controls on daily variations of nighttime surface urban heat islands

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

A new research paper, co-authored by Benjamin Bechtel from the Urban Climate Group, was published at the end of November. You can find the article here. Abstract Most previous studies of surface urban heat...[more]

Master-Kurs Crowdsourcing von Lufttemperatur mit Fahrrädern

Friday, 02 October 2020

Im Sommersemester fand der Master-Kurs Crowdsourcing von Lufttemperaturen mit Fahrrädern unter Corona-Bedingungen statt. Ziel des Kurses war die Messung und Analyse der Wärmeinsel Bochums mit Hilfe von einem low-cost Sensoren-Set...[more]

Der Sommer 2020 – wechselhaft mit historischer Hitzewelle

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Im Allgemeinen fiel der Sommer 2020 in Bochum im Durchschnitt nur leicht zu warm aus. Bezieht man sich auf das Klimamittel 1961 – 1990 der Klimastation LMSS (Ludger-Mintrop-Stadtklima-Station), fiel der Sommer mit einer...[more]

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