The Biometeorology group contributes to teaching aspects of Biometeorology in the Bachelor programme “Biology” and the Masters programmes “Ecology and Biodiversity” as well as “Atmospheric Science”.

For the summer term 2012 we would like to highlight two courses we are involved in:

(1) Biometeorology

course number: 743.318-743.320

teaching_2012_ateaching_2012_bHere this year’s topic is the Urban heat island (UHI) effect. To this end students use various methods to quantify the spatio-temporal variability in temperature and heat fluxes in the urban area of Innsbruck. For example, students quantify the spatial variability of air temperature using an instrument bicycle (see picture), an instrumented backpack to quantify the relationship between street geometry and the surface radiation balance (see picture) or the eddy covariance method to study the influence of vegetated areas on the partitioning between sensible and latent heat fluxes (see picture).

(2) Mountain Meteorology field course

course number: 707.741-707.742

This year’s topic is of this course is the energy balance closure. More specifically we aim at testing the hypothesis that not accounting for advection (both horizontally and in the vertical) is responsible for the usually observed lack of energy balance closure on the order of 20-30%. To this end we conduct eddy covariance energy flux measurements and heat and moisture advection measurements in an agricultural area East of Innsbruck.