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UCRC 2018 Poster Event Award Winners

UCRC POSTER EVENT 2018

The UCRC recently hosted its inaugural Poster Event, April 3rd, at the MU. Five ASU schools were represented along with 2 collaborating institutions: University of Southern California & Georgia Tech providing a total of 22 posters. Judging was completed late last week and all award winners were notified early this week. Awards were given to the following:

  • 1st Place in the Postdoctoral Researchercategory – Ashley Broadbent (SGSUP), poster title: Do Photovoltaics Impact Local Air Temperature and Surface Energy Balance?
  • 1st Place in the Graduate Student category – Chenghao Wang (SSEBE), poster title: Solution or Problem? Effects of Urban Trees on the Turbulent Transport of Airborne Pollutant from Traffic Emission
  • 2nd Place in the Graduate Student Category – Yun Lin (USC), poster title: The Impacts of Urbanization on Meteorology and Air Quality in Southern California
  • 3rd Place in Graduate Student Category – Saud AlKhaled (TDS), poster title: Between Aspiration and Actuality: A Systematic Review of Urban Heat Mitigation Strategies in Hot Urban Deserts.

A unique component to this poster event was the opportunity to have several presenters participate by Skype. This gave ASU participants the opportunity to interact with students from around the country who are engaged in urban climate collaborations with ASU researchers.

 

Chenghao Wang: 1st Place Grad Student    Ashley Broadbent: 1st Place Postdoc

Qunshan Zhao wins Nystrom Award!

At the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in New Orleans, ASU’s Qunshan Zhao was awarded the prestigious AAG J. Warren Nystrom Award “for his 2017 dissertation: Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment”.

 

Dr. Zhao’s work was performed under the guidance of his dissertation committee: Elizabeth Wentz (Chair), David Sailor, and Zhihua Wang, all affiliates of the UCRC.

Research Highlight: Dave Sailor receives Best Paper and Editor’s Choice Awards from Building and Environment

The Editors of the Elsevier journal Building and Environment (Impact Factor 4.1) have announced their Editor’s Choice Awards.

The journal’s Editors selected 9 articles that best represent the aims and the scope of this international publication, covering the main topics. The Journal is focused on new knowledge, rigorously verified with measurement and analysis, related to the environmental performance of the built environment in a wide range of spatial scales, ranging from building systems and assemblies to buildings, communities and cities as well as other built environments such as transportation.

UCRC Director Dave Sailor’s article “Effectiveness of indoor plants for passive removal of indoor ozone”, co-authored with his former PhD student (Omed Abbass) and another colleague at Portland State University (Elliott Gall) was among the 9 articles selected for this honor. This article had previously been selected as a “Best Paper of 2017” for the journal.

Very exciting news!

The article can be found (open access) at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.04.007

Challenge Accepted!

Back in June of 2017 the Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the “Mayors Challenge” where US cities with populations of 30,000 or more were invited to participate in a competition with the potential to win up to $5 million, and realize their best ideas and innovations in response to urgent challenges being faced. Roughly 300 cities responded.

Led by Mayor Stanton, the City of Phoenix developed their bid:   “Holistic Management of Urban Heat”. This week Phoenix was announced as one of the 35 winning “2018 Champion Cities” and will receive $100,000 to bring their ideas to life.

The problem posed by the city of Phoenix entry is: increasing urban heat threatens the health and well-being of vulnerable residents in Phoenix – the third hottest city in the U.S – as well as its long-term economic viability, yet the city lacks a cohesive strategy to address this major risk. The proposed solution is: the city of Phoenix will create a first-of-its-kind HeatReady program (like programs developed for storms) to enable local governments to holistically manage how they identify, prepare for, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of urban heat.

This endeavor was supported by a number of ASU faculty, staff, and students, including UCRC faculty affiliate David Hondula. Moving forward, this effort will be a collaborative venture engaging regional partners from a number of sources including the National Weather Service as well as, local and state health departments.

Next steps will include a convening of Champion Cities in an intensive workshop with innovation experts and leading urban practitioners from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network. Here competitors will become collaborators as cities help one another improve their ideas.

In October 2018, one of these cities will be awarded $5 million and another 4 cities will each receive $1 million to further develop and implement their plans.

Best of luck to the city of Phoenix, and congratulations for the vision that has brought them this far already!

UCRC Student Poster Competition

We are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the UCRC 1st Annual Student Poster Competition on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge, Room #202.

The intent of this poster competition is to showcase the breadth of work around issues of urban climate at ASU. This includes all social and physical science aspects of urban climate and its interaction with society and infrastructure.

 

Eligible participants:

The poster session is intended to highlight urban climate research from undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. Completed research is preferred. Postersoutlining research not yet conducted must provide sufficient details on research design.

Abstract requirements:

Maximum 250 words

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: February 23, 2018

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2018

Electronic submission and printing deadline: March 28, 2018

Follow this link to submit your Poster Abstract:
Submit your Abstract

Printing:

We will be able to print your poster if you submit by March 28, 2018.

Prizes:

Two categories will be awarded: honor and merit awards. Honor awards will come with a monetary prize.

Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecture Series 2018

First Annual Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecture Series
Featuring: Sue Grimmond
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Reading, UK

Thursday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m.
ASU’s Biodesign Institute Auditorium
RSVP: urbanclimateresearch.eventbrite.com

 

Integrated Services for Weather and Climate in the Urban Environment
Rapid urbanization (over 6.3 billion urban residents are expected by 2050), combined with more frequent and more extreme climatic conditions, make cities places where most people are exposed to high impact weather (e.g. typhoons, heat stress, poor air quality events). Cities are centers of creativity and economic progress, but polluted air, flooding and other climate impacts mean urban residents also face significant weather, climate and environment-related challenges. Moreover, increasingly dense, complex and interdependent urban systems make cities particularly vulnerable: a single extreme event can lead to a widespread breakdown of a city’s infrastructure through inter-linked ‘domino’ effects. The complexity of urbanized environments presents enormous challenges to the provision of the necessary climate services to cities and regions and to the measurement and modelling of the urban environment. This presentation will provide an overview of recent research in urban hydrometeorology and climatology undertaken to meet the special needs of cities. Specific examples from London, UK and Shanghai, China will be presented.

Brief Biography – Sue Grimmond is a past President of the International Association of Urban Climate and past Lead Expert for the WMO on Urban and Building Climatology. She is on the editorial board of Urban Climate and has been an Editor for Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Annals, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. In 2006, she was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and awarded Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, from Göteborg University, Sweden. In 2008 she was awarded the Universitatis Lodziensis Amico Medal from University of Łódź, Poland. In 2009 she was the recipient of both the Helmut E Landsberg Award from the American Meteorological Society and the Luke Howard Award from the International Association for Urban Climate.

ICUC-10 Call for Abstracts

The AMS Board on the Urban Environment and the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) have issued a Call for Abstracts for the joint 10th International Conference on Urban Climate and 14th Symposium on the Urban Environment.

The conference will be held 6-10 August, 2018 in New York City. The abstract deadline is 15, December, 2017.

Detailed information, the call for papersand the link to the abstract submission portal are all available on the conference web page.

 

See you in New York!

Upcoming Seminar of note – Vanos on “Healthy Spaces in Hot Places”

On September 13, ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), as part of their Sustainability Lecture Series, will be hosting a seminar by Jenni Vanos of UCSD, titled “Healthy Spaces in Hot Places”.

This presentation will focus on Dr. Vanos’ research at the intersection of human and environmental health in outdoor spaces. From lessening children’s vulnerability to extreme heat and UV radiation to mitigating heat and improving sustainability initiatives at the 2020 Olympics, Vanos will demonstrate applications of novel technologies to better assess ambient exposures and health risks.

Visit the GIOS site to RSVP.

 

 

UCRC Students to kick off new year with Fall Social

The UCRC will host a fall social for all undergraduate & graduate students and postdocs conducting urban climate research with affiliated faculty. This will be a great opportunity to connect, find opportunities, and re-energize as we enter the new semester.

When: Aug 30, 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Wrigley 102

Urban Climate Summer School

The Urban Climate Research Center at ASU is a proud co-organizer of the 2017 Urban Climate Summer School to be held 21-26 August, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The summer school will be hosted by the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest. The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.

Join researchers from around the globe to gain skills in the systematic monitoring and assessment of urban climate change. Participants will benefit from utilizing state-of- art technologies to help understand the physical functionality of cities from the urban climate perspective

Participation is limited to 30 students.

Deadline for application: 15 May 2017

See website for details.