Current Activities

EGU 2020

The Chair of Climatology participates with three first author contributions at this year´s EGU. It is still possible to comment on the lectures online until June 30, 2020 and until May 31, 2020:

EGU2020-20666 | Displays | HS6.2/AS2.5
Changes in water balance of the Qaidam Basin from Pliocene to present day
Benjamin Schmidt, Xun Wang, Seabstian Mutz, Svetlana Botsyun, Todd Ehlers, and Dieter Scherer

EGU2020-8756 | Displays | HS6.2/AS2.5
High Asia Refined Analysis Version 2 (HAR v2): a New Atmospheric Data Set for the Third Pole Region
Xun Wang, Vanessa Tolksdorf, Marco Otto, and Dieter Scherer

EGU2020-19824 | Displays | CL2.10/HS13.12
High Andean Wetlands, climate change and ecosystem services – What do we know?
Marco Otto, Mónica Maldonado Fonken, Jan Baiker, and Richard Gibbons

A New Version of the High Asian Refined Analysis (HAR v2) is Now Available

The High Asian Refined analysis version 2 (HAR v2) is generated by dynamical downscaling of ERA5 reanalysis data using the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF). Compared to the old version (HAR), HAR v2 has an extended 10 km domain and a longer temporal coverage. It will be extended back to 1979 and will be continuously updated in the future. Currently, HAR v2 is available from 2004 to 2018.

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Daniel Fenner receives Max-Margules Award 2020

For his publication „Intra and inter ‘local climate zone’ variability of air temperature as observed by crowdsourced citizen weather stations in Berlin, Germany“ Daniel Fenner from the Chair of Climatology, Institute of Ecology at the Technische Universität Berlin was awarded the Max-Margules Award 2020.

The Austrian Meteorological Society (ÖGM) awards the Max-Margules Awards every three years. The award is given to a young scientist in recognition of a high-quality work in the field of meteorology and climatology, published in the scientific journal “Meteorologische Zeitschrift” in the last three years. The winner is selected by a prize committee consisting of four academics.

The official announcement can be found here.

9th Japanese-German Meeting on Urban Climatology 2020 postponed to 2021!

Dear Japanese and German colleagues,
due to the developments associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the 9th Japanese-German Meeting on Urban Climatology to next year 2021. As soon as we have a new meeting date for JGM9, we will send out a new call for registration and abstracts. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope that you and your families remain healthy during this challenging time and looking forward to meet all of you next year in Berlin for personal exchange and scientific discussions in the field of urban climatology. Kind regards and best wishes on behalf of the organization team,
Dieter Scherer
Ute Fehrenbach
Achim Holtmann
Fred Meier
Elke Thiessenhusen

New Publications

Wang, X., Tolksdorf, V., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2020):
WRF-based Dynamical Downscaling of ERA5 Reanalysis Data for High Mountain Asia: Towards a New Version of the High Asia Refined Analysis. Int. J. Climatol. DOI: 10.1002/joc.6686

Rost, A.T., Liste, V., Seidel, C., Matscheroth, L., Otto, M., Meier, F., Fenner, D. (2020):
How Cool Are Allotment Gardens? A Case Study of Nocturnal Air Temperature Differences in Berlin, Germany. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 500.

Droste, A. M., B. G. Heusinkveld, D. Fenner, G.-J. Steeneveld (2020):
Assessing the potential and application of crowdsourced urban wind data.Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc. DOI: 10.1002/qj.3811.

Zander, S. V., O. Brousse, I. Esau, F. Meier (2020):
Hyperlocal mapping of urban air temperature using remote sensing and crowdsourced weather data, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 242, 2020, 111791


Fenner, D., Holtmann, A., Meier, F., Langer, I., Scherer, D. (2019):
Contrasting changes of urban heat island intensity during hot weather episodes. Environ. Res. Lett. 14(12), 124013. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab506b

Krug, A., Fenner, D., Holtmann, A., Scherer, D. (2019):
Occurrence and Coupling of Heat and Ozone Events and Their Relation to Mortality Rates in Berlin, Germany, between 2000 and 2014. Atmosphere 10(6), 348, DOI: 10.3390/atmos10060348

Scherer, D., Ament, F., Emeis, S., Fehrenbach, U., Leitl, B., Scherber, K., Schneider, C., Vogt, U. (2019):
Three-Dimensional Observation of Atmospheric Processes in Cities. Meteorol. Z. (Contrib. Atm. Sci.) 28 (2), 121-138. DOI: 10.1127/metz/2019/0911

Scherer, D., Antretter, F., Bender, S., Cortekar, J., Emeis, S., Fehrenbach, U., Gross, G., Halbig, G., Hasse, J., Maronga, B., Raasch, S., Scherber, K. (2019):
Urban Climate Under Change [UC]2 – A National Research Programme for Developing a Building-Resolving Atmospheric Model for Entire City Regions. Meteorol. Z. (Contrib. Atm. Sci.) 28 (2), 95-104. DOI: 10.1127/metz/2019/0913

Verdonck, M.-L., Demuzere, M., Bechtel, B., Beck, C., Brousse, O., Droste, A., Fenner, D., Leconte, F., Van Coillie, F. (2019):
The Human Influence Experiment (Part 2): Guidelines for Improved Mapping of Local Climate Zones Using a Supervised Classification. Urban Sci. 3 (1), 27. DOI: 10.3390/urbansci3010027

Jänicke, B., Holtmann, A., Kim, K.R., Kang, M., Fehrenbach, U., Scherer, D. (2019):
Quantification and evaluation of intra-urban heat-stress variability in Seoul, Korea. Int. J. Biometeorol. 63 (1), 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-018-1631-2

Fenner, D., Holtmann, A., Krug, A., Scherer, D. (2018):
Heat waves in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany - Long-term trends and comparison of heat wave definitions from 1893 to 2017. Int. J. Climatol. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5962

Napoly, A., Grassmann, T., Meier, F., Fenner, D. (2018):
Development and Application of a Statistically-Based Quality Control for Crowdsourced Air Temperature Data. Front. Earth Sci., 6, 118. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2018.00118

Li H., Meier F., Lee X., Chakraborty T., Liu J., Schaap M., Sodoudi S. (2018):
Interaction between urban heat island and urban pollution island during summer in Berlin. Science of The Total Environment, 636, 818–828. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.254

Quanz, J. A., Ulrich, S., Fenner, D., Holtmann, A., Eimermacher, J. (2018):
Micro-Scale Variability of Air Temperature within a Local Climate Zone in Berlin, Germany, during Summer. Climate 2018, 6(1), 5. DOI:10.3390/cli6010005

Trachte, K., Seidel J., Figueroa R., Otto M., Bendix, J. (2017):
Cross-scale precipitation variability in a semi-arid catchment area on the western slopes of the Central Andes. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0207.1

Fenner, D., Meier, F., Bechtel, B., Otto, M., Scherer, D. (2017):
Intra and inter ‘local climate zone’ variability of air temperature as observed by crowdsourced citizen weather stations in Berlin, Germany. Meteorol. Zeit. 26 (5), 525-547. DOI: 10.1127/metz/2017/0861

Otto, M. and R. E. Gibbons (2017): Potential Effects of Projected Decrease in Annual Rainfall on Spatial Distribution of High Andean Wetlands in Southern Peru, Wetlands 37 (4), 647–659. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-017-0896-2

Meier, F., D. Fenner, T. Grassmann, M. Otto, D. Scherer (2017): Crowdsourcing air temperature from citizen weather stations for urban climate research. Urban Climate, 19 (1), 170-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2017.01.006.

Topics for Bachelor/Master Theses

We can offer a wide range of topics for final theses. Of course, you can come to us with own ideas. A selection of possible topics can be found here: Topics for Bachelor/Master Theses


Here you get an overview of important events in the past: Archive

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