GUCG - Göteborg Urban Climate Group

Research group

Short description

During the last decades research has focused on projects related to the influence of the urban geometry, urban vegetation and land cover on radiation, temperature and wind. Projects also concern the relation between urban climate and air quality as well as outdoor thermal comfort. Integration of climate knowledge in urban design and planning is also an important research topic. Many of the projects are multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary, including scientists from atmospheric science, architecture, urban and regional planning, psychology, biology, and medicine. The studies have been carried out in urban areas in Sweden, Germany, UK, Japan, Botswana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Kenya and the Netherlands.


Research focuses on measurements and modelling of:

  • micro-scale processes and patterns associated with urban landscape elements (buildings, canyons, parks etc.)
  • urban air quality
  • biometeorology, including human comfort
  • impacts of climate change on heat waves and urban tourism

Studies have mainly been carried out in Sweden in the Göteborg area, but also in cities in Japan, Germany, Burkina Faso and Kenya.


The Göteborg Urban Climate Group has developed a number of different software which is freely available for download. Most of the tools are available from of the Urban Multi-scale Environmental Predictor (UMEP), a comprehensive open source sensitive climate planning tool available as an plugin in QGIS.

Older tools from our group are available from our software download webpage.


Sofia Thorsson

Professor of Physical Geography. She received her doctoral degree at University of Gothenburg in 2003. She coordinates several disciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects.

Fredrik Lindberg

Associate professor in Physical geography. Recieved his PhD in urban climatology at the University of Gothenburg in 2007. His research focus spatial modelling of urban climate processes and he is the main developer of UMEP, a city-based climate service tool. 

Björn Holmer

Associate professor emeritus since 2009. Still active as researcher within GUCG focusing on wind, structure, humidity, sky view factors, energy fluxes and air pollutions. 

Janina Konarska

Janina Konarska comes from Poland. In 2011 she started PhD studies within the group and received her doctoral degree in 2015. Her thesis was titled 'Climate regulation provided by urban greening - examples from a high latitude city'. Her research interests include spatial and temporal variability of the urban bioclimate and influence of vegetation and land use on thermal comfort in cities.

Marie Häger-Eugensson

Marie Häger-Eugensson is a senior researcher and climatologist specializing in urban climatology, impact and evaluation studies of air pollutions and climate, especially the linkage between local climate processes and air pollution in urban areas. She has been involved in several major and minor research projects national/internationally and is involved in FAIRMODE a joint response action of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) to harmonise modelling in EU and draws up future guidelines for dispersion modelling in Europe. She has also been chairman of the Swedish Clean Air Society (SLF) for 8 years.

Nils Wallenberg

Started as a PhD candidate in the Urban Climate Group in September 2017. Got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Earth Sciences, majoring in Physical Geography/Climatology, from the University of Gothenburg.

David Rayner

David Rayner is a researcher with the Department of Earth Sciences. His research area focusses on statistical downscaling and bias correction of climate model simulations to support climate-change impact assessments.

Jérémy Bernard 

Jérémy Bernard conducted postdoctoral research at the Department of Earth Sciences. His research interests focus on climate impact on human societies and earth ecosystems through climate empirical modeling using GIS, urban climate observation and urban climate modeling.

Oskar Bäcklin
Started as a PhD candidate in the Urban Climate Group in 2020. Got his Master’s degrees in geography from the University of Gothenburg. Oskar works within the research project "Multifunctional blue-green infrastructure - optimizing socio-cultural and environmental aspects for sustainable urban development".