Second International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands

September 21-23, 2009
Berkeley, CA
The Second International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (SICCUHI) aims to build on the success of the first “countermeasures” conference held in 2006 in Tokyo, Japan, will be devoted to science, engineering, and public policies to help relieve the excess heat and air pollution of summers in hot cities.


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.
A call for papers is open through December 1, 2008 in the following areas:
* Heat island observations
* Designing communities / urban planning / urban morphology
* Mitigation technologies (roofs, pavements, vegetation, man-made heat)
* Analysis tools
* Modeling (meteorology, air quality)
* Measurement and evaluation
* Case studies
* Air quality / climate / local heat island
* Health effects
* Economic effects
* Energy effects/ CO2 impact
* Transportation
* Government policies (global, national, state, local)
* Implementation (standards, rating & labeling, incentives, volunteer, education)
For more information, visit Second International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands.