Student Awards

Board on the Urban Environment Student Awards

The best student papers and posters presented will be considered for awards. The papers will be judged on content and presentation by a panel selected by the conference program committee. The prize will include a monetary award, plus a certificate. Students need to indicate their intent to participate in this competition when they submit their abstract. 



2020: 15th AMS Symposium on the Urban Environment, January, Boston, United States.


Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations




2018: Joint 14th AMS Symposium on the Urban Environment and 10th IAUC International Conference on Urban Climate, August, New York, United States.

Best Oral Presentations
Best Poster Presentations
Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations


William P. Lowry Graduate Student Prize


William P. Lowry Methodology Prize


William P. Lowry African Student Travel Award


Japan Prize



2017: AMS 13th Symposium on the Urban Environment, January, Seattle, United States.


Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations



2015: Joint AMS 12th Symposium on the Urban Environment and IAUC 9th International Conference on Urban Climate, July, Toulouse, France.

Best Oral Presentations
  • Alex Bjorkegren, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom 

    • Calculation of the CO2 storage term in an urban environm ment: results and guidelines from Central London 

  • Marco Giometto, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

    • Large-eddy simulations to characterize the role of turbulent and dispersive production, transport and dissipation of TKE over and within a realistic urban canopy 

  • Janina Konarska, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

    • Transpiration of urban trees and its impact on nocturnal cooling in Gothenburg, Sweden 

  • QI Li, Princeton University, Princeton, United States

    • Large eddy simulation and bulk parameterization of momentum and heat transport in urban canopies: challenges and applications 

  • Michael Schmutz, Universität Basel, Basel, Switzerland

    • Seasonal and inter-annual variation of CO2 flux and concentration in Basel 

  • Natalie Theeuwes, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    • A breath of fresh air in urban heat island studies


Best Poster Presentations
  • Mikhail Varentsov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

    • Investigation of urban heat island of Norilsk and Apatity cities in Russian Arctic with usage experimental measurements and remote sensing 

  • Shang Wang, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    • Experimental study on the suitability of acrylic and copper globe thermometer for diurnal outdoor mean radiant temperature measurement 

  • Yuan Shi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    • Intra-urban variability of particulate air pollution in Hong Kong - exploring the influence of building morphology in high density urban environment by using traverse measurement 

  • Shi-Qi Yang, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    • Linking human-biometeorological thermal conditions with Köppen-Geiger climate classification – The example of China 

  • Michael Alonzo, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, United States

    • Mapping urban ecosystem structure and function using hyperspectral imagery and airborne lidar 

  • Tom Valterri Kokkonen, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    • Long-term variability of suburban energy and water exchanges in Vancouver

  • Julien Le Bras, Météo France, Paris, France

    • Fast urban heat island modeling


Oral Presentation Awards
  • Veronica Bellucco, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy

    • An empirical approach to estimate the biogenic components of CO2 flux over different ecosystems 

  • Maxime Daniel, CNRM-GAME/Météo-France, Paris, France

    • Watering practices and urban thermal comfort improvement under heat wave conditions 

  • Cho Kwong Charlie Lam, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    • Visitor perception of thermal comfort in two contrasting public landscape gardens during extreme heat events 

  • Negin Nazarian, University of California San Diego, San Diego, United States

    • Pollutant Exchange and Breathability in Urban Street Canyons 

  • Ayako Yagi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

    • Analysis of spacing of streaky structures within surf face layer above real urban 

  • Bin Zhou, Potsdam institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany

    • Cities as urban clusters: an empirical and large sample study of urban heat island intensity 


Poster Presentation Awards
  • Shintaro Kobayashi, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

    • CFD analysis of urban wind environment with actual inflow obtained by Doppler lidar measurement 

  • Luis Enrique Ortiz, City College of New York, New York, United States

    • Modeling New York City impacts on local and suburb ban weather during the July 2010 heat wave 

  • Alexandre Philip, CNRM-GAME, Paris, France

    • The impact of vertical resolution in mesoscale model AROME forecasting of radiation fog


The William P. Lowry Graduate Student Prize
  • Stephanie Jacobs, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    • Comparison of modelled thermal comfort during a heatwave in Melbourne, Australia


The William P. Lowry Methodology Prize
  • Brian Bailey, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States

    • Incorporating resolved vegetation in city-scale simulations of urban micrometeorology and its effect on the energy balance

    • Understanding and eliminating instabilities and ‘rogue trajectories’ in lagrangian stochastic particle dispersion models 


The William P. Lowry Student Travel Award
  • Jesús Gómez Velázquez, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico 


Japan Prize
  • Patricia Drach, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    • Effects of urban form and atmospheric stability on local microclimate 

  • Chaaruchandra Korde, Green Bam Solutions, New Delhi & Airef Engg. Pvt Ltd., India

    • Bamboo structures: A perspective for climate change mitigation 

  • Shweta Bhati, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India

    • The impact of land use/land cover on WRF model performance in a sub-tropical urban environment


2014: AMS 11th Symposium on the Urban Environment, February, Atlanta, United States.


Oral Presentations
  • Paul Schmid, Modeling the Influences of Local Urban Aerosols on a Derecho in Birmingham, AL. Purdue University, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, West Lafayette, United States.

  • Negin Nazarian, CFD Simulation of Urban Environment: Thermal Effects of Geometrical Characteristics and Surface Materials. University of California-San Diego, Mechanical Engineering, San Diego, United States.

  • Eric Scott Krayenhoff, Parameterization of drag and turbulence for urban neighbourhoods with trees. Urban Climatology and Micrometeorology, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA.

  • Matthew Overby, Simulating Radiative Transport for Vegetation in Complex Urban Environments with Green Infrastructure. University of Minnesota, Computer Science, Minneapolis, United States.

Poster Presentations
  • Gantuya Ganbat, An idealized numerical study of the interactions of urban breeze circulation with mountain slope winds. Seoul National University, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul, South Korea.

  • Daniel C. Alexander, Development and Testing of a Spatially Resolved Urban Land Surface Model Utilizing Parallel Computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering, Salt Lake City, United States.

  • Estatio Gutierrez, Improvements to the latent heat calculations in WRF multilayer urban parameterization. City College of New York, Mechanical Engineering, New York, United States.



2012: Joint AMS 10th Symposium on the Urban Environment and IAUC 8th International Conference on Urban Climate, August, Dublin, Ireland. 


  • Patrick Wagner, University Of Duisburg, Applied Climatology and Landscape Ecology, ESSEN, GERMANY. 

  • Eric Scott Krayenhoff, Urban Climatology and Micrometeorology, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CANADA.

  • Jonas Allegrini, EMPA, Überlandstrasse 129, Dübendorf, SWITZERLAND

  • Yuan Chao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School Of Architecture, Hong Kong, CHINA.

  • Kevin L. Lau, School Of Architecture, The Chinese University Of Hong Kong, SHATIN, Hong Kong, CHINA. 

  • Jamie R. Young, Tel Aviv University & Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, SRAEL.

  • Cecile deMunck, Meteo France, CNRS, Toulouse, FRANCE