The International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and the University of Lodz, in co-operation with the World Meteorological Organisation warmly invite you to the Fifth International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-5) to be held in Lodz, Poland from September 1 to 5, 2003. ICUC-5 is the continuation of a series of similar conferences starting in Kyoto, Japan in 1989, followed by those in Dakha, Bangladesh in 1993, Essen, Germany in 1996, and Sydney, Australia in 1999. The success of this series helped to create a cohesive international community of urban climatologists that led to the formation of the IAUC ( ) in 2000. ICUC-5 is the first conference to be organised by the new Association. It is delighted to be joined in this endeavour by the World Meteorological Organisation ( ) that has been the organiser or co-organiser of all previous ICUCs, and the University of Lodz ( )who are providing the local arrangements. The aims of the conference remain as before, to provide an international forum where the world's urban climatologists can meet to showcase and discuss modern developments in research, and the application of climatic knowledge to the design of better cities. ICUC-5 wishes to cater to the interests of a diverse community of meteorologists, climatologists, hydrologists, ecologists, engineers, architects and planners and others interested in these topics. On behalf of the organisers we are honoured to invite you to attend the Fifth International Conference on Urban Climate in Lodz, Poland in 2003.
Prof. T.R. Oke, President of IAUC
Prof. K. Klysik, Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Scientific Programme
ICUC-5 welcomes papers seeking to understand the nature of the atmosphere in built environments, or to apply such knowledge to the better design and operation of settlements. Scales of interest range from individual built elements (roofs, walls, roads) through whole buildings, streets, factories, parks, clusters of tall buildings and neighbourhoods to whole cities and urban regions and their impacts on weather and climate at atmospheric scales up to those of global change. The focus can be original research into the physical, biological and chemical atmospheric processes operating in built areas, the weather, climates and surface hydrology experienced in built areas, the design and testing of scale, statistical and numerical models of urban climates or reports on the application of climatic understanding in architectural design or urban planning. Papers may relate to new concepts, methods, instruments, observations, applications, forecasting operations, scenario testing, projections of future climates, etc. Sessions that focus on major field or other projects may be proposed. Hence appropriate topics include, but are not restricted to:

International Scientific Committee
  • Prof. John Arnfield (Secretary of IAUC) Ohio State University, USA
  • Prof. Arieh Bitan (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Prof. Bob Bornstein (San Jose State University, USA)
  • Dr. Richard de Dear (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Dr. Ingegard Eliasson (Goteborg University, Sweden)
  • Prof. Sue Grimmond (Indiana University, USA)
  • Prof. Kazimierz Klysik (University of Lodz, Poland, ICUC-5 Local Organiser)
  • Mr Paul Llanso (World Meteorological Organisation, Switzerland)
  • Prof. Helmut Mayer (University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • Prof. Yasuto Nakamura (Prefectural University of Kuamamoto, Japan)
  • Prof. Tim Oke, (President of IAUC, University of British Columbia, Canada), Chair
  • Dr. Matthias Roth (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Dr. James Voogt (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
  • Local Arrangements Committee
  • Prof. K. Klysik (University of Lodz) Chair
  • Dr. K. Fortuniak (University of Lodz)
  • Dr. J. Wibig (University of Lodz)
  • Prof. C. S. B. Grimmond (Indiana University, IAUC representative)
  • Host City
    Lodz is a typical European city which owes its development to the industrial revolution of the second half of the nineteenth century. The multi-cultural and multi-religious origin of the city, located in the centre of Poland, is today reflected in the architectural style of its historic buildings (including large mansions, textile factories) as well as in the urban design of the city centre. The city, which has been a significant industrial centre, supports several museums (amongst them the unique Museum of the History of Lodz), theatres, an opera-house and other cultural institutions. Lodz is one of the largest academic centres in Poland, with seven state universities and many private schools. The biggest, the University of Lodz, educates 40,000 students in eleven different Faculties. The large central district of the city is extremely densely built-up. The central location of Lodz both in the country and in Europe, and its strategic position on the main European east-west and north-south routes, gives the city opportunities for development. The geographic setting and the nature of the built environment of Lodz have made it an interesting site for research in urban climate.
    The conference will be held in the Conference Centre of the University of Lodz. This is a purpose-built facility equipped with lecture halls as well as hotel rooms.
    Registration fees
    Registration fees (including a copy of the CD-ROM of abstracts and the proceedings of ICUC-5, refreshments and social events) will be finalised in the Second Announcement, but are expected to be US$250 or less.

    Lodz has a wide variety of accommodation ranging from city hotels (~ 50 US$ per person per night), to the Conference Centre hotel (~ US$25) through to dormitories (~ US$10 ), all of which are situated near the Conference Centre. Detailed information will be included in the Second Announcement.

    Social Programme
    A selection of cultural and social events as well as city tours will be organised for participants and accompanying persons. A special program for accompanying persons will be arranged if there is sufficient demand.

    Post Conference Tours
    There will be 1-, 2- and 3-day post-conference trips to various regions of Poland between September 6th and 8th, 2003

    Trade Exhibition
    Manufacturers and distributors of meteorological equipment, the publishers of books, journals and software, other societies and institutions and consulting companies are invited to set up booths to promote their products and services during the conference. Interested companies and other institutions are kindly asked to contact the Secretariat of ICUC-5 (see below).

    Other international organisations and institutions that share the aims of ICUC-5, especially those involved in past conferences are being approached as co-sponsors.

    The official language of ICUC-5 is English

    Pre-registration: 13 January 2003
    Persons intending to participate in the Conference are required to pre-register by 13 January 2003. The pre-registration form is attached to this Announcement. Participants can also submit their applications via the Internet

    Abstract submission: 13 January 2003
    Short abstract (maximum 200 words) can be sent by E-mail to the Conference Secretariat. The authors will be notified on the acceptance of their paper or poster by 28 February 2003. If you haven't sent your abstract yet, do it from here

    Extended abstracts of papers: 15 May 2003
    Details of the format for extended abstracts (typically 4 to 6 pages) will be provided in the Second Announcement

    Second Announcement: early spring 2003
    The Second Announcement will be sent only to people who respond to the first. It will contain a preliminary program, details about accommodation and conference fees.
    Conference Website
    Please browse this WWW site frequently because it will be updated regularly.

  • Secretariat of ICUC-5
  • Department of Meteorology and Climatology
  • University of Lodz
  • Lipowa 81
  • 90-568 Lodz , Poland
  • Tel +48 42 6390395
  • Fax +48 42 6390396
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