Our experts

Every member of our team brings highly valuable expertise in the wide field of urban climate research

Academic network

Rene Locher

Dr. René Locher

Our statistical expert with a focus in technological and enviromental sectors

Manuel Renold

Dr. Manuel Renold

Our coordinator, climate simulation expert and specialist in artificial intelligence

Julien Anet

Dr. Julien Anet

Our coordinator and HPC specialist in meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and climate change simulations

Curdin Spirig

Curdin Spirig, MSc ETH

Our specialist for self-engineered and commercial sensors for air temperature and humidity measurements as well as climate-change related questions

Martin Frey

Dr. Martin Frey

Our data scientist and statistician, bringing expertise in bias-correction, horizon analysis and homogenization.

Stefan Fluck

Stefan Fluck, MSE

Our modelling engineer and expert in the simulation of small-scale features with the LES-model PALM-4U

Simon Wacker

Simon Wacker, MSE

Our expert in data homogenization and automatization

Maybe You


We are always looking for talented collaborators who could contribute to our competence centre! Contact us.

Cooperation network

Karl Gutbrod

Dr. Karl Gutbrod

Our innovation leader and expert in marketing and communication

Sebastian Schloegl

Dr. Sebastian Schlögl

Our data analyst and expert in micro-meteorology


We are always looking for collaborations to expand the network of our competence centre! Contact us.

Urban heat Projects

Here are a few of our most recent projects


"Cities should be built in the countryside; the air is better." - Henry Monnier (1799 - 1877)

People recognized differences in air quality between the city and its surroundings already in the 19th century. A city has a different climate, the so-called urban climate, which is different to the surrounding area with respect to temperature, wind, humidity, and other meteorological variables. Today, these climatic differences are increasing due to climate change.

The new meteoblue city climate monitoring system enables cities to develop an affordable infrastructure to precisely measure, forecast, and model their city climate within less than a year. This creates a reliable information basis for the city planners, decision makers, and the citizens.

The system has been tested in Switzerland for a full season and is expected to evolve rapidly in 2020 in co-development with universities and further partner cities.

city climate temperature network
urban heat island simulation zuerich

Mitigation measures in Zurich

Certain parts of the city of Zurich warm up faster than others. Additional heat generation is primarily due to the the lack of ventilation pathways, but also due to the higher relative amount of sealed, rather dark surfaces, or due to the lower amount of vegetation.

The city of Zurich currently develops different strategies to counteract urban heat islands. In a recent study (see here), plans to punctually reduce heat, protect vulnerable groups, or improve city ventilation have been published. The ZHAW is currently simulating the application of a subset of identified protection measures to a selected region of the city of Zurich in order to show the theoretically achievable cooling potential.

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