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Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecturer

Each year the UCRC brings in one high profile speaker to deliver the Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecture. We seek leaders in the field of urban climate science and policy who can articulate key findings and trends in their field to an audience of scientists, students, and community stakeholders. We are able to offer this lecture series because of the vision and support of Anthony Brazel, Emeritus Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

2018 (Feb 8): Dr. Sue Grimmond, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, at the University of Reading, in the UK. Dr. Grimmond is past President of the International Association of Urban Climate and past Lead Expert for the World Meteorological Organization on Urban and Building Climatology. She is on the editorial boards of multiple key journals in our field. In 2006, she was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. She has numerous additional awards, with 2009 being a particularly banner year for her in which she received both the Helmut E Landsberg Award from the AMS and the Luke Howard Award from the IAUC. Her presentation discussed the role and potential for integrated services for weather and climate in the urban environment.

2019 (TBD)

UCRC Poster Competition

The Urban Climate Research Center hosts an annual poster event that allows graduate students and postdoctoral scholars working on urban climate topics to present their research to the UCRC community. This event provides the participants with valuable experience and also helps to facilitate cross-campus interaction and collaborations.

2019 (March 27): Our second poster event included a total of 25 posters. Awards were given to the following:

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

Ashley Broadbent, 1st Place Postdoc

Lance Watkins, 1st Place Grad Student

Sarthak Gupta, 1st Place Undergraduate Student

2018 (April 3): Our first poster event included a total of 22 posters, including 2 virtual posters from colleagues at GA Tech and USC. Awards were given to the following:

  • 1st Place in the Postdoctoral Researcher category – 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 Li (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.

Ashley Broadbent, 1st Place Postdoc

Chenghao Wang, 1st Place Grad Student

Yun Li, 2nd Place Grad Student

Saud AlKhaled, 3rd Place Grad Student