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15 March 2024
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Air temperature is one of the key characteristics of the environment surrounding humans. This is especially true of temperature impacts on public health and human well-being and quality of life. A consequence of climate change is the increasing occurrence of heat waves and tropical nights, among other things, weather situations that cause very severe heat stress.

Such conditions put a significant strain on the human body, leading to increased health problems and, in extreme cases, death. Biometeorological risks are expected to increase in the coming decades due to further increases in air temperature. Particularly vulnerable are urban residents, where an additional factor affecting thermal conditions is the urban heat island effect. 

It limits the drop in air temperature at night. As a result, it can remain above the value for thermal comfort around the clock. The increase in the frequency and intensity of heat waves is superimposed on a simultaneous increase in life expectancy, and therefore an increase in the number of seniors who are particularly sensitive to high temperatures.

Research on this issue includes (a) the physical aspect, i.e., diurnal, seasonal, multi-year variability, in terms of averages and extremes; modeling and forecasting of changes (especially in the context of climate change); (b) the natural and agricultural aspect, i.e., the impact of air temperatures on biodiversity, productivity in agriculture, horticulture and forestry, etc.; c) the health aspect, i.e., mortality, hospitalizations and the various correlates of these indicators; d) the adaptation aspect, i.e., the role of architectural and urban planning solutions; the role of vegetation and water, policies and specific solutions to deal with heat waves in cities.

The purpose of the scientific seminar is to disseminate and popularize the latest scientific developments in the field of the effects of thermal conditions on the human body. The debate about the risks of progressive climate change can help raise public awareness, which should facilitate adaptation to changing conditions.

For meeting dates, see Scientific seminars.

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April 26 the next scientific seminar!

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7 May 2024

Welcome to the next scientific seminar!

Dear all, you are cordially invited to the lecture by Prof. Marta Jankowska entitled Is home where the heat is? Comparing residence-based with time-weighted mobility-based measures of microclimate exposure in San Diego, California, to be held on May 10 at 12:00 p.m. The lecture will be held remotely on the MS Teams platform. Registration for the lecture is available on our website under [...]
22 May 2024

Prof. Ewa Bednorz's lecture entitled. Heat waves in the city on the example of Poznan

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are cordially invited to a lecture by Prof. Ewa Bednorz entitled. Heat waves in the city on the example of Poznan, which will be held on May 24 at 12:00 p.m. The lecture will be held in remote form on the MS Teams platform. Registration for the lecture is available at the link:
5 June 2024

Last open lecture of this academic year!

On June 10 at 10:00 am we invite you to the last scientific seminar of this academic year! This time we will look at how the effects of climate change affect urban residents. Especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, are the elderly, and it is to them that the presentation will be dedicated. During the seminar, Dr. Zofia Boni will present the results of the EmCliC Project, implemented in Warsaw [...]
March 21, 2024

On April 5, the next scientific seminar!

Our guest speaker will be Prof. Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Ph.D., who will give a lecture entitled "The Heat Goes On" - you are very welcome!
3 July 2024

The competition for a research assistant has been resolved

On June 1, 2024, the student selected in the UrbEat research project scholarship competition was selected. The competition was won by Zuzanna Kurowska. Zuzanna Kurowska is a graduate of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University. Her master's thesis dealt with the topic of student housing, simulating the student housing market using an agent-based modeling method.
Research project on how urban development affects the intensity of urban heat islands.
National Science Center
Grant number 2023/48/Q/HS4/00147
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