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October 2019

Congratulations to Heng Suli who was recently conferred the Master of Social Science degree for her thesis “Using thermal walks to examine pedestrian’s thermal (dis)comfort when transiting across indoor, semi-outdoor and outdoor thermal environments in Singapore’s equatorial climate”. We wish her all the best in her future.

September 2019

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Full contingent at the last lab lunch at the wonderful Riders Cafe (left to right): Manon, Matthias, Winston, Suli, Beatriz, Andrés and Minghong.

July 2019

Our trusted colleague, lab PI and supervisor Winston Chow is moving “downtown" to assume a new position as Associate Professor of Humanities at the Singapore Management University (SMU):


May 2019

Prof Roth gave an invited presentation entitled ‘Losing our cool: cities and climate change' at the 1st International Workshop on Climate Change, Air pollution, and Public Health (CAPH) which was held at CUHK in Hong Kong, 30-31 May 2019.


March 2019

  • Su Li and Winston published a new analysis of an existing OTC dataset from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, calibrating OTC thresholds for physiological equivalent temperatures (PET) by analysing PET against thermal perception survey responses from the park visitors: 


  • Heng SL and Chow WTL, 2019. How ‘hot’ is too hot? Evaluating acceptable outdoor thermal comfort ranges in an equatorial urban park. International Journal of Biometeorology, 63:801–816 (


May 2018



  • A Singapore local climate zone (LCZ) map has been generated by Matthias Demuzere in collaboration with the Urban Climate Lab. It was recently published as part of a larger study on an image-based methodology to calculate urban canopy parameters at fine spatial scales from high resolution ground level imagery.​


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  • Congratulations to Marvin Seow who just published his honours thesis research. Marvin is now a graduate student with the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at The University of Tokyo ( : Seow MXC and Roth M, 2018. Influence of climate oscillations on urban and rural temperature variability in the Kanto region of Japan. Climate Research, 75, 65-80 (


 February 2018


                                            October 2017


  • Minghong's second study site is up, just before the end of the month.

      It is hoped that this location will provide useful baseline or background

      data given its location in a relatively undeveloped area of Singapore,

      thought to be not much affected by urban development and

      anthropogenic actvity (though this is becoming increasingly more

      difficult to find). The picture on the right picture shows an attentive crew

      watching over Minghong as he connects sensors to the data logger.





  • Sok Huang Tan's paper just got published! Her Masters thesis research on personal exposure to particles using different modes of transport in Singapore (bus, taxi, MRT and walking) was co-supervised by Matthias Roth and Erik Velasco (SMART-CENSAM):

July 2017
  • If you used the QR code from our signs at this contraption, and you're wondering what it is, click here or on the images for information... 

  • A number of modeling papers have been recently accepted/published using observational data from the energy flux tower (Roth et al. 2017): All three studies below use an 11-month long gap-filled time series of energy balance fluxes and meteorological data developed by Surj Harshan in his PhD work, and evaluate a range of urban land surface schemes:

    • Liu X; Li X-X, Harshan S, Roth M and Velasco E, 2017. Evaluation of an urban canopy model in a tropical city: The role of tree evapotranspiration. Environmental Research Letters (accepted; DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7ee7).

    • Harshan S, Roth M, Velasco E and Demuzere M, 2017. Evaluation of an urban land surface scheme over a tropical suburban neighbourhood. Theoretical and Applied Climatology (accepted; DOI: 10.1007/s00704-017-2221-7).

    • Demuzere M, Harshan S, Järvi L, Roth M, Grimmond CSB, Masson V, Oleson KW, Velasco E, Wouters H, 2017. Impact of urban canopy models and external parameters on the modelled urban energy balance in a tropical city. Q J Roy Meteor Soc, 143, 1581-1596 (DOI: 10.1002/qj.3028).

May 2017
November 2016
  • Prof Roth has been invited to give two lectures at:
    - The 5th Asia-Pacific International Conference organised by the Korea Legislation Research Institute in Seoul, Korea, 24-25 November 2016: "Building a Sustainable City - Singapore’s Approach to Climate Change"
    - 6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environment in Bangkok, Thailand 28-30 November 2016:  "Urban Climate & Urban Air Pollution "Urban Climate Research and its Application to Real-World Problems"

  • Dr. Simón-Moral's latest paper (Effects of Unstable Thermal Stratification on Vertical Fluxes of Heat and Momentum in Urban Areas") was published in Boundary-Layer Meteorology -- it's available here!  

October 2016
  • Prof Chow will be giving a lunchtime seminar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy titled "Urban Resilience Towards Extreme Weather Events: A Current Southeast Asian Perspective" on 31 October, Monday, 12:15 pm at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus. More information and registration details can be found here - free lunch if you register before Wednesday 26th October! 

​September 2016
  • Postdoctoral Researcher position open in our lab - deadline for application 30 October 2016. More information here! 

  • Roth et al (2017), "Multi-year energy balance and carbon dioxide fluxes over a residential neighbourhood in a tropical city" was just published in the International Journal of Climatology.

  • Gober et al. (2016) "Urban adaptation to mega-drought: Anticipatory water modeling, policy, and planning for the urban Southwest" has been published in the November issue of Sustainable Cities and Society.

  • We welcome Ms. Natsumi Kawano, a Ph.D. Student who is here on a visiting fellowship. She is a student from Professor Manabu Kanda's prestigious urban climate lab from Tokyo Institute of Technology!  

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