Welcome to research group Urban Climate


More than half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities. By 2030 this number will swell to 70% with urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia. Cities face two major problems; climate change (anthropogenic, due to increase of green house gases) and Urban Heat Island (UHI, due to urbanization and changed land cover).  They can be additive or in opposition. UHI and climate change lead both to higher temperature, enhanced heat stress for human, animals and plants in urban areas.


The research group ‘Urban Climate’ of Institute of Meteorology at Free University of Berlin concentrates on measurement (measuring campaigns, permanent & short time stations and also remote sensing) and modeling of urban climate parameters in urban areas. This group investigates the interaction between micro climate (temperature, humidity, precipitation and wind) and urbanization & urban/landscape planning in the past, present and future under climate change in order to achieve the sustainable urban development and climate change adaptation. This group has long experience in high resolution climate modeling using dynamical and statistical downscaling as well as micro climate models up to 1 m, where the urban heat island intensity is also modeled.


The Urban Climate working group deals with the following topics:

  • Micro climate simulations

  • Urban heat island intensity (Modeling, Measurement)

  • Park Cool Island effect (Modeling, Measurement)

  • Climate change in urban areas

  • Climate change adaptation strategies in urban areas (Modeling)

  • Mitigate the urban heat island effect (Modeling)

  • Biometeorology

  • Urban climate and human health (e.g. heart diseases)

  • Chemical transport in the urban areas

  • Interaction between Emissions and Urban Heat Island

  • The influence of micro climate on energy consumption