Urban Meteorology and Emerging Technologies


The high density of people and infrastructures in urban areas makes these zones particularly vulnerable to weather-related events such as severe thunderstorms, heat waves, and air pollution.  Moreover, urban settings consist of large areas covered by buildings of varying of heights, paved streets, and parking areas.  These and other elements often combine in various ways to create distinct local weather environments that include heat island effects, urban flooding, changes in precipitation patterns, elevated levels of gaseous pollutant and aerosols, and street canyon winds.


A new report from the National Research Council -- URBAN METEOROLOGY: FORECASTING, MONITORING, AND MEETING USERS’ NEEDS -- explores current and emerging meteorological forecasting and monitoring technologies that have had and will likely have the most impact on these areas.  The report also examines how such information could help benefit users such as municipal and public safety officials, local utility companies, public and private service providers, urban planners, transportation officials, public health officials, and emergency responders.


Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Wednesday, May 9.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 10.  To obtain an embargoed copy, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.