The workshop aims to facilitate collaborations between researchers and will have substantial dialogue and networking activities as well as invited overview presentations, panel discussions and the opportunity to present your work in poster sessions. Sessions planned for the programme are:

  • Overview presentations by invited speakers
  • Plenary discussions
  • Networking activities
  • Breakout discussion groups
  • Poster session

In addition to the main programme we will have a practical activity on the Monday afternoon where we will all take measurements of surface temperature in and around the Reading campus. Practical details are given on the meeting logistics page here.

An outline of the programme is given below:


Agenda for EarthTemp IV: Exploring the Complexity of Urban Surface Temperatures


Monday 8th June 2015

12:00 – 13:00: Registration and lunch

Assemble at the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Time to meet your fellow attendees. A buffet lunch will be provided 


13:00 – 17:00: Measurement time

So how complex are urban surface temperatures? Well here is your chance to found out. We will spend the afternoon measuring small scale temperature variations in and around the university campus in Reading using multiple measurements methods. This will be a fun but educational start to the meeting and offer a unique insight into small-scale temperature variability. We intend that this activity will lead to a publication for all participants (weather permitting!).


Tuesday 9th June 2015 

08:30 – 09:00: Late registration


09:00 – 09:15: Welcome, logistics, and introduction to workshop

09:15 – 09:30: The EarthTemp Network and Visiting Scientist Scheme

09:30 – 09:45: Report on EarthTemp African Workshop 2014

09:45 - 10:00: Aims and objectives for this workshop

10:00 – 10:30: Making connections


10:30 to 11:00 Coffee


11:00 to 12:30: Session 1:  Meaning(s) of temperature in urban environments - the complexity of linkages between temperatures measured different ways, including remote sensing

11:00 to 12:00 – Keynote presentations

Keynote 1a - "Meanings of Urban surface temperatures" - Andreas Christen, University of British Columbia

Keynote 1b - "Complexity of ST in the urban environment" - Jean-Pierre Lagouarde, INRA

12:00 – 12:30: Plenary discussion on session 1


12:30 to 13:30 Lunch


13:30 to 15:00: Session 2:  Three-dimensional temperature in urban spaces - temperature variability, urban materials and spaces, linking the 3D state to the 2D remote sensing view 

13:30 to 14:30: Keynote presentations

Keynote 2a - "Linking the 3D state to the 2D remote sensing view" - James Voogt, University of Western Ontario

Keynote 2b - "Radiative transfer over urban surfaces" - Jean-Philippe Gastellu-Etchegorry, CESBIO 

14:30 to 15:00: Plenary discussion on session 2


15:00 to 15:30 Coffee


15:30 – 16:30: Collaboration incubator I 

16:30 to 19:00: Poster session and welcome reception

All participants are asked to bring 1 poster. We will split everyone into 3 and spend 30 minutes on each group of posters.


 20:00 onwards: Informal gathering for dinner (sign up during the day)


Wednesday 10th June 2015


09:00 - 10:00: Session 3:  Urbanisation and the climate record - using SAT / LST links be used to understand/address this topic

09:00 to 09:30 – Keynote presentation

Keynote 3 - "LST and land use change" - Christopher Small, Columbia University 

09:30 to 10:00: Plenary discussion on session 3


10:00 – 10:30: Coffee


10:30  - 11:30: Session 4:  Application needs for urban temperatures - reconciling ideal requirements and available measurement systems

10:30 to 11:00 – Keynote presentation

Keynote 4 - "Urban heatwaves" - Bénédicte Dousset, University of Hawai'i

11:00 to 11:30: Plenary discussion on session 4


11:30 – 13:00: Breakout groups 1: Addressing key questions from plenary sessions


13:00 – 14:00: Lunch


14:00 to 15:00 Collaboration incubator I 

15:00 – 15:30: Breakout groups 2: Synthesis of findings – writing of community paper(s)


15:30 to 16:00 Coffee


16:00 – 16:30: Breakout groups 2: Synthesis of findings – writing of community paper(s) - continued

16:30 to 17:00: Wrap-up


17:00: End of EarthTemp IV 



The meeting will take place at the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus Reading, United Kingdom, on 8-10 June 2015 at two venues:

  • On Monday 8th June, we will meet at the David Grimes Lecture Theatre in the Department of Meteorology
  • On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June, we will meet at the Meadow Suite (see, which is part of Park House

A map of the Reading Whiteknights Campus can be found at

Lunch, tea and coffee is provided to all participants at the times indicated in the main agenda. 



The meeting agenda is given here.


Poster session

There is a poster discussion session and drinks reception on the Tuesday evening. All participants are requested to bring a poster of their work. 

The poster boards are 1 m by 1 m in size.

Please put up your poster as soon as you can on Tuesday morning and then leave it up until the close of the meeting.


Transport and accommodation

Details on how to get to the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus are provided at Please note that parking on site is limited and we advise participants to use public transport if possible.

The conference centre has an on-site hotel called Cedars. There are some other hotels close to the Whiteknights Campus: 

For those staying near to the campus there are two nice gastro pubs nearby:

Reading has an excellent network of buses and the Whiteknights Campus is served by a number of routes for those that wish to stay in the City Centre instead. There is a wider choice of hotels in the City Centre, which you can book through the many online booking sites.

The main bus serving the Whiteknights Campus is the number 21 and a map can be found at Route21_Map including details of where to get on and off the bus in the city and at the university. There is also the number 17 and number 19, which stop near to the Early Gate side of Campus (closer to the Department of Meteorology). For further details of Reading buses please go to, including timetables and fares. Please note that Reading Buses require exact fares and that no change is provided onboard.

The fourth international meeting of the EarthTemp Network will be on the theme of “exploring the complexity of urban surface temperatures”.  

The EarthTemp Network aims to stimulate international collaboration in measuring and understanding the surface Temperatures of Earth. Meetings are designed to bring together expertise from different measurement and application communities. The aim is to establish new scientific and personal links, fostering more integrated understanding of surface temperatures across different domains. Meetings include keynote presentations, discussion groups and throught-provoking workshop activities. Urban environments are the focus of the 2015 network meeting. The complexity and three dimensional nature of urban “surface” temperatures is a major challenge for measurements and for their interpretation and use in a wide range of applications.

This meeting will explore the meanings of surface temperature as represented by a range of measurements (e.g., various forms of remote sensing and in situ thermometry), how these relate to each in the context of the three-dimensional nature of the cityscape, how to integrate insights from different measurements to support a range of applications, including climate, and what factors drive the urban temperature environment.


The 4th EarthTemp Network meeting will take place on 8-10 June 2015 at the University of Reading:

  • The agenda for the meeting is provided here
  • Logistical details, including transport, accommodation and venue information, are provided here


The EarthTemp meeting will be followed on 11-12 June 2015 by a GlobTemperature User Consultation Meeting - see their meeting webpage  for further details.