Prof. Dr. Benjamin Bechtel

Room: IA E6/97
Unit: Bochum Urban Climate Lab

Team Leader
Executive Director

Focus of activity

Remote sensing of urban climates Crowdsourcing Low-cost sensing Urban climate adaption Urban health Local climate zones Building energy Urban metabolism

Curriculum vitae

Benjamin Bechtel holds a professorship in Urban Climatology at the Department of Geography, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Before he was Research Associate with the Cluster of Excellence CliSAP, University of Hamburg. His research interests include crowd sourcing and urban remote sensing, in particular the characterization of urban surfaces and thermal remote sensing for applications in urban climatology. Benjamin Bechtel received the 2021 Timothy Oke Award of the International Association for Urban Climate and the 2013 dissertation award for physical geography in Germany for his Ph.D. thesis on “Remote sensing of urban canopy parameters for enhanced modelling and climate related classification of urban structures”. He has served as board member of the International Association for Urban Climate since 2017 and its secretary since 09/2022, Section Editor at PLOS Climate and Associate Editor for Frontiers in Remote Sensing, a member of several VDI guideline commissions, and as a reviewer for WMO, several international journals, and funding agencies.




  • Klimatologie (Lecture & Seminar)
  • Stadt- und Geländeklima
  • Umweltfernerkundung
  • Crowdbike
  • BoKliNet (Bochumer Klimanetzwerk)


  • COST FAIRNESS: FAIR NEtwork of micrometeorological measurements [COST]
  • CORDEX URB-RCC: CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study URBan environments and Regional Climate Change
  • ENLIGHT: ENabling the anaLysIs of Global urban HeaT [DFG]
  • ESA CCI+ LST: Generate long stable record of land surface temperature [ESA]
  • ICLEI: Data2Resilience (ICLEI Action Fund 2.0)