2nd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands

The Second International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (SICCUHI) will be held September 21-23, 2009 in Berkeley, California.

The SICCUHI will be devoted to the science, engineering and public policies to help relieve the excess heat and air pollution of Summers in hot cities. It has long been recognized that the excessive heat and smog in many cities in the Summer, the "Urban Heat Island", is partly due to the choices of building materials, vegetation and urban design.

In August 2006, an International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (ICCUHI) took place in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first time a large group dealt entirely with both the technologies and public policies to mitigate urban heat islands. This conference was cosponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT) and the International Energy Agency. It was attended by about 200 people from Japan, USA, Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The conference was successful and the participants felt that it should be continued on a regular basis. The Tokyo conference received extensive television coverage and appeared to generate further interest among the public and government officials.

Scientists, engineers, builders, architects, and government officials concerned with improving the urban environment are urged to participate in SICCUHI which promises to advance the field.

Organizing Committee

  • H. Akbari, California, USA (Chair)
  • Y. Ashie, Japan
  • N. Bourassa, USA
  • S. Grimmond, UK
  • T. Ihara, Japan
  • Y. Li, Hong Kong, China
  • M. Moriyama, Japan
  • M. Mueller, USA
  • R. Ooka, Japan
  • E. Ng, Hong Kong, China
  • M. Santamouris, Greece
  • C. Scruton, USA
  • J. Stoops, USA
  • H. Taha, USA
  • H.W. Tan, Tongjii, China