Urban Climate Bern
High-resolution assessment and analysis of the urban heat island of Bern
Since 2018, the Climatology Group maintains an extensive air temperature monitoring network within and around the city of Bern. Distributed over different urban structures and surfaces, vegetation types, as well as topographical and infrastuctural settings, the low-cost temperature loggers are being placed within a self-made radiation shield. The network consisting of 65 to 85 stations measures air temperatures every 10 minutes from May until September and, since 2021, has also been supported by the city administration (Stadtgrün and Tiefbauamt) and the energy service provider ewb.
The goals of this project are to (1) assess the urban temperature variability at very fine spatial and temporal scales in order to provide a basis for (2) the validation of geostatistical and numerical urban climate models, (3) the evaluation and inter-comparison of different low-cost measurement approaches for urban heat islands, (4) comparisons with “historical” urban climate data retrieved in the 1970s, and (5) analyses of the effects of urban heat stress on human health. Moreover, the data is being used for (6) the development and evaluation of educational material focusing on local impacts of climate change.
- Burger, M. & Gubler, M. (2020): Der Berner Stadthitze auf der Spur – Stadtforschung aus klimatologischer Perspektive. GeoAgenda, 3, 4-9.
- Gubler, M., Christen, A., Remund, J. & Brönnimann, S. (2021) Evaluation and application of a low-cost measurement network to study intra-urban temperature differences during summer 2018 in Bern, Switzerland, Urban Climate, 37, 100817, doi: 10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100817
BSc, MSc and PhD Theses
- Bachelor Thesis Lukas Meyer (2019): "Temperaturmessungen mittels Fahrradtransekts durch die Stadt Bern"
- Master Thesis Sofya Antonowa (2020): "Implementation of the Urban Climate Model MUKLIMO_3 for Bern and Evaluation of Mitigation Strategies for the Urban Heat Island"
- Master Thesis Moritz Burger (2020): "Modelling the Spatial Pattern of the Urban Heat Island of Bern during Heatwaves in 2018 and 2019 using a Land Use Regression Approach"
Theses in Progress
- Bachelor Thesis Noémie Wellinger: "Validation of Bern’s Local Climate Zone Classification" (working title)
- Bachelor Thesis Kristjan Bardheci: "Development and Evaluation of a Low-Cost, LoRa-based Measurement Device for Microclimatic Assessments in Urban Environments" (working title)
- Master Thesis André Hürzeler: "Assessing the Urban Heat Island of Bern during Heat Waves – an Intercomparison of Numerical and Geostatistical Urban Climate Models" (working title)
- Master Thesis Saba Baer: "Cold Air Drainage in Bern - Analysing the Origin and Dynamics of Cold Airmasses in the Aare-Graben" (working title)
- PhD Thesis Moritz Burger: "Analyzing the Past, the Present and the future Urban Heat of Bern from different Perspectives" (working title)