ICOS Cities Talks: Variability of physical meteorology in urban areas at different scales

20 April 2022
ICOS Cities Talks
TIME: WEDNESDAY 20 April 2022 AT 9.30 AM CEST

To undertake observations using many techniques (e.g., eddy covariance, scintillometry) we require good fetch which assumes a “homogenous” area. However, cities have large areas that are not homogeneous. In this talk, I will consider some of the implications of this heterogeneity for modelling and observations, with a particular focus on tall buildings (individuals and clusters). Using observations undertaken in wind and water tunnels, some implications in the canopy layer, roughness sub-layer and inertial sub layers will be considered.

Sue Grimmond is a New Zealand Scientist and Professor of Urban Meteorology at the University of Reading. She is a pioneer of urban meteorology and micrometerology, which deals with the atmospheric boundary layer. Grimmond has been particularly influential in understanding the effects of urbanisation on climate and the representation of urban environments within climate and weather simulations. In 2020, she was awarded with a 2020 Symons Gold Medal by the Royal Meteorological Society. 

ICOS Cities Talks is a new webinar series on greenhouse gas measurement and climate change in urban landscapes. In the series, international experts representing various fields will present a current topic for 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and a discussion. Check out all the ICOS Cities talks here!