UrbanClimateNews Quarterly Newsletter of the IAUC ISSUE NO. 46 DECEMBER 2012 • INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR URBAN CLIMATE From the IAUC President Colleagues, welcome to the 46th edition of UrbanClimateNews, which is the last issue of 2012. This publication now enters its now entering its 10th year as the main source of news for the urban climate community. The first edition appeared in October 2003 following on ICUC5 (Łodz, Poland), was just 4 pages in length and asked members to select the IAUC logo! It is a testament to the diligence and vision of David Pearlmutter that UrbanClimateNews has developed and grown in stature in the intervening period. This edition focuses on a rich vein of research presented by PhD students at ICUC8 in Dublin during August. The ICUC8 event was able to provide 13 student awards of $200 each. Seven of these were provided by the Board of the Urban Environment (a committee of the American Meteorological Society) that co-sponsored ICUC8. Three are provided by the IAUC out of support received for ICUC8 by the WMO, the EPA (Ireland) and SFI (Ireland). The remaining three awards are provided by the Lowry family in honour of William P. Lowry, who made significant contributions to the urban climatology and to biometeorology. In this edition, the recipients of the IAUC and Lowry awards present their work. The book of proceedings consisting of short papers submitted to ICUC8 will, following a delay, be available in the next couple of weeks on the conference website. An announcement will be made when it is available. Eventually, it will be moved to the IAUC website where it will join those of the ICUC5, ICUC6 and ICUC7. Just as one ICUC event comes to a close, preparations for the next one begin. I would like to congratulate Valery Masson and his team who were the successful bidders to host ICUC9 in Toulouse, France during 2015. The competition to host these triennial events was very strong on this occasion and I would like to thank all those that submitted a bid. Inside the Winter issue... 2 7 15 35 40 49 News: Tony Brazel honored • Killer air Rooftop habitats • Extreme weather Feature: Automated classification of Local Climate Zones by remote sensing Projects: Research by IAUC student award recipients at ICUC-8 in Dublin Special Report: Thirteen recognized for outstanding urban climate studies Bibliography: Recent publications Conferences: Upcoming meetings IAUC Board: Luke Howard Award − call for nominations ends February 15 Finally, I would draw the attention of the membership to changes that are taking place on our website. It is planned to create a portal that will allow IAUC members to join, create a personal profile and engage in online conversations with others on topics of interest. The ethos of the IAUC is founded on the principle of a free association of individuals interested in the field of urban climatology and this initiative is designed to develop this community and facilitate the sharing of ideas. Gerald Mills firstname.lastname@example.org The IAUC regrets to announce the passing of fellow urban climatologist Henrique Andrade on January 8, 2013. Henrique’s colleagues from Lisbon commemorate his legacy on page 39.