Urban meteorology

Currently more than 50% of world's population resides in urban areas and are subjected to the urban climate. The urban climate results from human activities and changes in land use which, when compared to rural areas, modify the vertical exchange of heat, moisture and air pollutants between the surface and the atmosphere. These exchange process have major consequences on our environment as air pollutants adversely affect nature and human health, and participate in the on-going climate change. Furthermore, the exchange of heat and moisture modify local air temperatures and water cycle, and determine the mixing conditions of the lower atmosphere.

The urban meteorology group aims to understand and predict the processes behind the urban climateby combing both theoretical and experimental approaches. The experimental part is largely based on the eddy covariance flux measurements of energy, greenhouse gases and aerosol particles, where as the theoretical approaches currently concentrate to the energy and water cycles in urban areas.

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