Urban Climate News

Please take an Urban Heat Island Survey

Please consider taking a survey on “Understanding the Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategies and Their Implementation”. The survey was developed by the National Center of Excellence for SMART Innovations at Arizona State University (ASU), with support from the National Asphalt Pavement Association. The survey seeks to obtain information and qualitative perspectives on UHI and proposed mitigation strategies from personnel in industry, academia, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and interested individuals.

 The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete; all the information collected is anonymous, however a summary of findings will be made available upon request.

 Please contact Dr. Jose Campillo (jrmedina@asu.edu) or Mr. Chenghao Wang (cwang210@asu.edu) for additional information or future inquiries.

Here is the link to the survey

2019 Poster Event Results

Congratulations to all 25 of our student/postdoc researchers on a job well-done in preparing and delivering your posters at our 2nd annual Urban Climate Research Center poster event on March 27, 2019.

After tallying the judges results, we are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

  • Graduate Student Category:
    • 1st Place – Lance Watkins (SGSUP), poster title: Comparison of Two Vulnerability Indices to Household Experiences with Extreme Heat in Phoenix Arizona
    • 2nd Place – Saud AlKhaled (TDS), poster title: Predictors of Urban Induced Heating under the full Evolution of the Diurnal Cycle
    • 3rd Place – Nicholas Weller (SOS), poster title: Mapping Public Values about Climate Adaptation and Resilience using Deliberative Forums.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher category
    • 1st Place – Ashley Broadbent (SGSUP), poster title: Adaptation to Projected 21st Century Heatwaves in three U.S. Cities
  • Undergraduate Student Category
    • 1st Place – Sarthak Gupta (SGSUP), poster title: Quantifying Urban Encroachment on Forest Land using Machine Learning with Remote Sensing.

See Events page to view the 1st place posters.

UCRC Pilot Funding Opportunity – Due March 15 2019

The UCRC will be making available small awards to affiliated faculty to provide support that will increase the visibility of faculty and the center as well as enhance the ability of the center and its faculty affiliates to secure external research funding and generate high-profile publications. As a general rule, each request can be for up to $4k and should not include salary support for faculty. Examples of appropriate categories of requests include but are not limited to:

  • Summer funding for undergraduate or graduate students to gather data or further the goals of a developing project
  • Software license fees or data set, ideally for a resource that can be shared across the center
  • Small items or minor equipment that would be of general benefit to the UCRC and eventually be a resource for other UCRC faculty and their students
  • Travel support for faculty or students to attend and present at high profile conferences/meetings

This is the second request for proposals this academic year. The deadline is Friday March 15, 2019. Only current faculty affiliates of the UCRC are eligible, and a faculty member may not receive more than one award per AY. Requests should come directly from a faculty affiliate and be no more than 1 page in length, although attachments may be included as appropriate (e.g. a 2-pg CV for any students involved in the request). The proposal (pdf) should be sent to jpinhorn@asu.edu and must include the following:

  • Contact—include name of faculty affiliate requesting funds, school, and contact email
  • Purpose – provide a brief background of why the funds are being requested and how they advance the faculty member’s research and the goals of the center
  • Budget – provide an informal but specific budget indicating the total amount of the request and specifically, how the funds are to be spent.

The budget for the UCRC Pilot Project Fund is $16k for the 2018-2019 academic year. A small panel from our leadership team will review requests and make recommendations. Our goal is to have final decisions announced within 3 weeks of the proposal deadline.

Please keep in mind that we expect all UCRC faculty affiliates to work to promote the success of the center, including by acknowledging this affiliation in presentations/publications and by associating relevant ASU proposal activities with our Center Code:CC1042; Urban Climate Research Center.

2nd Annual UCRC Poster Event — 2019

We are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the 2nd annual UCRC Poster Competition on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (3pm-5pm MST) 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.

Poster Presentation

 

Eligible participants:

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

Note: we welcome submissions from collaborators outside of ASU for virtual posters. Specifically, we will host up a small number of virtual posters, where we will print the poster and establish a 2-way video/audio connection to the presenter during the event. We piloted this last year and are making improvements to the presentation process/technology this year.

Abstract requirements:

Maximum 250 words

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: February 11, 2019

Notification of acceptance: February 18, 2019

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

Printing:

We will be able to print your poster if you submit electronically by March 18, 2019.

Prizes:

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

Tony Brazel named Fellow of AAG!

We are happy to share the news that Emeritus Professor Anthony J. Brazel has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG)!

Brazel, a geographer and Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) faculty affiliate has written more than 180 professional articles and reports on climate, many of which offer fundamental contributions to the field of Urban Climate.

This latest accolade adds to Brazel’s impressive list of accomplishments, including his recognition as a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, his receipt of the International Association of Urban Climate’s Luke Howard Award, and the American Meteorological Society’s Helmut E. Landsberg Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of American Geographers’ Climate Specialty Group, and the Jeffrey Cook Prize in Desert Architecture from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. See Professor Brazel’s full profile.

New UCRC Publication in Nature Climate Change

A team of researchers from ASU’s Urban Climate Research Center recently published a high-profile article exploring the potential for mitigation strategies to affect urban air temperatures in the context of ongoing urban expansion and climate change.

The paper: “Diurnal interaction between urban expansion, climate change and adaptation in US cities,” by Scott Krayenhoff, Mohamed Moustaoui, Ashley Broadbent, Vishesh Gupta, and Matei Georgescu was published in Nature Climate Change earlier this month (Nov 12, 2018). The abstract follows:

Climate change and urban development are projected to substantially warm US cities, yet dynamic interaction between these two drivers of urban heat may modify the warming. Here, we show that business-as-usual GHG-induced warming and corresponding urban expansion would interact nonlinearly, reducing summer night-time warming by 0.5 K over the twenty-first century in most US regions. Nevertheless, large projected warming remains, particularly at night when the degree of urban expansion warming approaches that of climate change. Joint, high-intensity implementation of adaptation strategies, including cool and evaporative roofs and street trees, decreases projected daytime mean and extreme heat, but region- and emissions scenario-dependent nocturnal warming of 2–7 K persists. A novel adaptation strategy—lightweight urban materials—yields ~1 K night-time cooling and minor daytime warming in denser areas. Our findings highlight the diurnal interplay of urban warming and adaptation cooling, and underscore the inability of infrastructure-based adaptation to offset projected night-time warming, and the consequent necessity for simultaneous emissions reductions.

Read the full article.

Award Winning Presentations at ICUC-10/14th Urban Symposium

Congratulations to Peter Crank (School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning) and Saud Al Khaled (Design School) and many other students, postdocs, and faculty for representing ASU and the Urban Climate Research Center so well at the joint 10th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-10) and  14th AMS Symposium on the Urban Environment held in NYC this summer (2018).

Peter was honored with an “Oral Best Presentation Award” for his talk on “Behaviors and Risk Perceptions of Elderly Populations in the Face of Extreme Heat and Poor Air Quality — a Comparison Across Three Sunbelt Cities”. Saud received an “Oral Presentation Honourable Mention Award” for his talk on “A Systematic Review of Urban Heat Mitigation Strategies in Hot Urban Deserts”.

All oral presentations were recorded by AMS and will be available to AMS members online later in 2018 at https://www.ametsoc.org/index.cfm/ams/meetings-events/ under “Watch Recorded Presentations”.

Jannik Heusinger gives first SGSUP Colloquium of year

Detecting, mitigating, and adapting to localized heat and cold in cities

Tuesday, August 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: COOR 5536

For the first colloquium of the 2018-2019 school year, we are excited to welcome Jannik Heusinger as our first speaker. A postdoctoral researcher with the Urban Climate Research Center, Jannik’s work focuses on urban heat mitigation and urban surface-atmosphere exchange.

His talk is titled “Detecting, mitigating, and adapting to localized heat and cold in cities.”

About the talk:

Urban climatologists work on describing the climate within a very complex and ever-evolving system – the city. Our motivation is to increase the well-being of humans living within this system. In Phoenix, our work concentrates on understanding the effect of different materials and their geometric arrangements on localized heat, with the goal of being able to accurately model physical dynamics of the urban climate system. Analogous challenges exist in higher latitudes where cold thermal environments pose challenges, which are underrepresented in the scientific literature and discourse.

In this seminar, Jannik will share contributions to the study of hot and cold environments in cities as part of ASU’s Urban Climate Research Center. In addition to highlighting particular research initiatives, he will raise questions about how we can more holistically think about increasing the well-being of humans’ thermal experiences in cities, working toward adaptation and mitigation in both hot and cold environments.

UCRC Pilot Funding Opportunity for AY 2018-19

The UCRC will be making available small awards to affiliated faculty to provide support that will increase the visibility of faculty and the center as well as enhance the ability of the center and its faculty affiliates to secure external research funding and generate high-profile publications. As a general rule, each request can be for up to $4k and should not include salary support for faculty. Examples of appropriate categories of requests include but are not limited to:

  • Summer funding for undergraduate or graduate students to gather data or further the goals of a developing project
  • Software license fees or data set, ideally for a resource that can be shared across the center
  • Small items or minor equipment that would be of general benefit to the UCRC
  • Travel support for faculty or students to attend and present at high profile conferences/meetings

We will accept requests twice each academic year with this year’s deadlines being 5pm MST Friday September 14, 2018 and Friday March 15, 2019. Only current faculty affiliates of the UCRC are eligible, and a faculty member may not receive more than one award per AY. Requests should be no more than 1 page in length, although attachments may be included as appropriate (e.g. a 2-pg CV for any students involved in the request). The proposal (pdf) should be sent to jpinhorn@asu.edu and must include the following:

  • Contact—include name of faculty affiliate requesting funds, school, and contact email
  • Purpose – provide a brief background of why the funds are being requested and how they advance the faculty member’s research and the goals of the center
  • Budget – provide an informal but specific budget indicating the total amount of the request and specifically, how the funds are to be spent.

The budget for the UCRC Pilot Project Fund is $16k for the 2018-2019 academic year. A small panel from our leadership team will review requests and make recommendations. Our goal is to have final decisions announced within 3 weeks of the proposal deadline.

Please keep in mind that we expect all UCRC faculty affiliates to work to promote the success of the center, including by acknowledging this affiliation in presentations/publications and by associating relevant ASU proposal activities with our Center Code:CC1042; Urban Climate Research Center.

 

Mike Chester to give closing keynote address at the 2018 ISSST Meeting

The 2018 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) meeting is being held in Buffalo New York, June 26-28. ASU’s own Mikhail (Mike) Chester will be delivering the closing keynote address for the meeting. Dr. Chester is Associate Professor in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS). He is also an integral contributor to, and Faculty Affiliate of the Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC).

Dr. Chester’s Keynote is titled: Infrastructure and the Environment in the Anthropocene.

Conference information is available at: https://issst2018.net/