Organizers : Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Ghent University (Belgium), National Meteorological Administration (Meteo Romania) , Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics (CICADIT).

Rationale and goals : Cities nowadays provide facilities and services, business opportunities and cultural attractions of unprecedented complexity, triggering more than a half of the world population to strive for comfort and safety in urban areas. The scientific community, local authorities, stakeholders and public show high and constant interest for evaluating the environmental impact of the metropolitan regions, in order to better use the current resources and prepare for future challenges. Cities are vital in the response to climate change and urban population increase. Urban-induced effects and impacts owing to long-lived emissions of greenhouse gases trigger physical and socio-economic consequences that affect the livelihoods of urban dwellers. Such challenges call for enduring scientific advancements, improved training and increased awareness of topical issues.

The Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School 2018 (BUCSS 2018) aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring, modelling and biometeorology, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major urban sustainability challenges facing future generations.

The critical areas to be covered refer to
(1) Modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(2) Exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities

Those attending can expect to gain an understanding of the state-of-the-art via lectures, but this year’s edition of BUCSS is tailored towards hands-on experience on (1) urban climate modelling and (2) biometeorology.

The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.Basic skills in climate studies, climate modelling, programming and statistics is required.

You may apply to attend BUCSS 2018 by e-mailing to the address the following: a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) names, affiliation, e-mails and phone numbers of two professors or senior researchers who could provide references.


Invited speakers (Instructors)

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 31 May 2018
  • Approval of application: 5 June 2018
  • Urban Climate Summer School: 27 - 31 August 2018


Monday, August 27

9:00 - Welcome and opening

9:15 - General introduction to urban climate (Matei Georgescu)

10:30 - Urban climate and climate change challenges in SE Europe (Sorin Cheval)

11:00 - Student introduction

12:30 - Lunch Break

13:30 - Introduction to urban climate modeling (Matei Georgescu)

15:00 - Simulations of the urban-induced climate features of Moscow megacity within the framework of COSMO-CLM model (Mikhail Varentsov)

16:00 - Crowdsourced data in urban climate applications (Matthias Demuzere)

Tuesday, August 28

9:00 - Remote sensing in urban areas (Ionuț Șandric)

10:00 - Mapping spatial patterns of LST distribution in urban areas using satellite times series (Ionuț Șandric)

11:30 - Manipulating earth observation data with Google Earth Engine (Matthias Demuzere)

12:30 - Lunch Break

13:30 - Hands-on urban-climate modeling (Hendrik Wouters)

Wednesday, August 29

9:00 - Hands-on urban climate modelling (Ashley Broadbent)

12:30 - Lunch Break

13:30 - Hands-on urban climate modelling and remote sensing in urban areas (Ionuț Șandric)

15:30 - Field trip and social event: Bucharest

Thursday, August 30

9:30 - Basics of thermal comfort and factors influencing urban bioclimate (Andreas Matzarakis)

11:00 - Experimental studies in urban bioclimate and thermal perception questionnaires (Oded Pochter)

12:30 - Lunch Break

13:30 - Introduction to urban bioclimate models (RayMan, SkyHelios) (Andreas Matzarakis)

15:00 - How to explore urban bio-climate with individual measurements and experiences (Andreas Matzarakis)

Friday, August 31

9:00 - Health and social impacts of urban heat (David Hondula)

11:00 - Application of models and exercises (Andreas Matzarakis)

12:30 - Lunch break

13:30 - Urban Climate Game (Andreas Matzarakis)

15:00 - Modeling the health effects of climate change (David Hondula)


The list of participants is available here


Scientific committee

  • Sorin Cheval (ICUB)
  • Ioan Ianoș (CICADIT)
  • Matei Georgescu, David Hondula (ASU)
  • Andreas Matzarakis (DWD)
  • Matthias Demuzere (UGhent)

Organising committee

  • Sorin Cheval (ICUB)
  • Oana Peiu (ICUB)
  • Matei Georgescu (ASU)
  • Mirela Paraschiv (CICADIT)
  • George Secăreanu (CICADIT)
  • Matthias Demuzere (UGhent)


Send to the address 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: 31 May 2018
  • Fee: Euro 150 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.
  • Registration will soon be open for accepted participants. Deadline for fee payment 31 July 2018.

Travel and Accomodation

The summer school will take place in Bucharest, within the premises of University of Bucharest.

The organizers do not cover the travel and accomodation cost for participants.

More information on accommodation will be provided to the participants upon selection for the event.

Transportation. There are non-stop flights to Bucharest from most major European cities and in the Middle-East and connecting flights from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Most international flights arrive at Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport. Airport facilities include ATM, currency exchange office, Taxi Desk and car rental. The airport is connected with the city center by official taxis and express buses. Bucharest's main train station - Gara de Nord - is a major rail centre with daily connections from/to cities throughout Europe and main cities in Romania. There are daily trains from/to Athens, Belgrade, Budapest, Istanbul, Kiev, Moscow, Prague, Sofia, and Vienna. Trains from/to Western European cities run via Budapest. Bucharest's public transportation network includes: bus ("autobuz"), tram ("tramvai"), trolley bus ("troilebuz|), subway ("metrou") and taxi. Read more

Accommodation. Bucharest has a full range of accommodation facilities, at different rates and standards. We will provide our recommendation to the selected participants, at about 20-40 Euro/night.

Visas. Citizens of virtually all European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA, do not require visas to visit Romania for short-stays (up to 90 days). For citizens from other countries, visas are issued at Romanian consulates. The bearers of a visa with 2 or multiple entries, a long-term visa or a residence permit issued by Schengen Member States shall no longer be required to hold a short-stay visa. If you need an official invitation to get the visa, please contact the organisers well in advance. Read more