Hendrik Wouters, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Hendrik Wouters obtained his master degree in physics at the University of Ghent (Belgium). After his post-graduate training in weather and climate modeling, he started his doctoral research in urban climate and air quality modeling at the KU Leuven in collaboration with the Flemish Institute of Technological Research. He is the main developer of TERRA_URB, the efficient urban canopy land-surface scheme of the COSMO atmospheric model. TERRA_URB is being used in many projects for urban climate modeling and urban weather forecasting inside and outside of Europe. He is co-chair of the EGU urban-climate session since 2014 and coordinator of the Urban Model Intercomparison Project of the CLM-community. After obtaining his PhD degree at Arenberg Doctoral School of the KU Leuven, he is involved in several research and governmental projects of (urban) climate downscaling and climate adaptation. He was the leading force behind the detailed future heat-stress scenarios for Belgium published in the latest Climate Report of the Flanders Environment Agency. His current research encompasses the relation between urbanization and weather extremes under climate change, including heavy precipitation, heatwaves, and drought propagation.
Monday 21 August: Registration and welcome, plenary speech
Ioan Ianoș (University of Bucharest): Estimating the urban planning answer to the climate change
Matei Georgescu (Arizona State University): TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg): TO BE ANNOUNCED
Modern monitoring of urban climate
Darren Ghent (University of Leicester): Surface temperature observations of the urban environment from space
Sorin Cheval (University of Bucharest), Alexandru Dumitrescu (National Meteorological Administration, Romania): Integrated monitoring and assessment of the Urban Heat Island
Matthias Demuzere (University of Ghent): The potential of crowdsourcing data in urban climate research
Benjamin Bechtel (University of Hamburg): WUDAPT - A global database for form and function of cities
Tuesday 22 August: Modelling tools for urban climate
Matei Georgescu (Arizona State University): The Utility of computational modelling to address urban environmental sustainability
David Sailor (Arizona State University): The interaction between urban infrastructure and local climates
Hendrik Wouters (KU Leuven - University of Leuven): Tools for modelling the bi-directional relation between urbanization and climate extremes
Field trip and social event: Bucharest
Wednesday 23 August: Climate change challenges in urban areas. Adaptation and mitigation strategies
Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg): How can urban green help to adapt to climate change? The example of Linz, Austria
Cristian Iojă (University of Bucharest): Tools for urban ecosystems assessment
Teodoro Georgiadis (IBIMET Bologna): Different ways to approach urban resilience: from physics to politics
Arne Sæbø (Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research): Urban green infrastructure, it’s role in pollution mitigation and storm water treatment
Silvia Rossi (Ravenna Muncipality): Energy landscape in urban areas
Thursday 24 August: Critical linkages between urban climate and human health
Andreas Matzarakis (Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service): Urban Bioclimate - Quantifying thermal comfort and heat stress in urban areas for different spatial and temporal resolutions
David Hondula (Arizona State University): Measuring and modeling personal heat exposure in urban environments
Oded Potchter (Tel Aviv University): A methodological approach to the urban climate assessment in relation with human comfort and climate change context
Friday 25 August: Field trip and social events
Saturday 26 August: Departure
Send to the address email@example.com: a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) the name, affiliation, e-mail address and phone numbers of two professors/scholars who could provide references about the candidate
- Deadline: 15 May 2017
- Fee: Euro 100 upon acceptance of participation. The fee covers all the coffee breaks and lunches, the official dinner and excursions. Details about the payment procedure will be sent to the participants.
The summer school will take place in Bucharest, within the premises of University of Bucharest.
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