Progress in Urban Meteorology Research under Rapid Urbanization in China

Progress in Urban Meteorology Research under Rapid Urbanization in China


Big cities, as the concentrated places for all kinds of resources and socioeconomic activities on multiscales, have urgent and sophisticated needs for meteorological services, and also serve as the most rigorous testbed for these services. In turn, various factors such as increased exposure and vulnerability of meteorological disasters, combined effects of climate change and urbanization, and the initiative for development of safe, green, and smart cities, all present new challenges and opportunities for meteorological support services in big cities.

China has thereby launched a strategy of promoting new urbanization to improve the ecological society development that features with intensive, green, smart, low-carbon, and people-centered cities, and to eliminate the dissynchronization between China’s high-speed urbanization and urban ecological environment construction.

The China Meteorological Administration has also put forward new requirements for development of high-quality meteorological support services in big cities. Most importantly, by 2025, urban meteorological monitoring should be extended to small and medium scales, covering all weather, all regions, all levels, and all factors; skills of urban weather forecast and early warning should be significantly improved, with early and targeted warning information rapidly disseminated; and an effective early warning system for risks of urban meteorological disasters should be initially established.

With new circumstances and missions emerging in the new era, a special issue is called to report the recent progress in urban meteorological research under the rapid urbanization in China, aiming to summarize the achievements in urban meteorology and deliberate on its future development in China. Facing the present new challenges and opportunities, this special issue will focus on new observation technologies, new models, and new mechanisms, probe into the future direction of urban meteorological research and application, and promote the advancement of basic theory and application of urban meteorology in China for the benefit of the society and people’s well-being.


This Special Issue shall include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

1. New methods and understanding in urban meteorological observation

2. New development in numerical modeling/simulation of urban meteorology

3. Urban land surface and boundary layer processes

4. High-impact weather and meteorological disasters in cities

5. Urban climate, climate change, and climate resilience

6. Urban atmospheric environment and health effects

7. Urban meteorological services and meteorological economy

8. Urban ecology, carbon emission peak, carbon neutrality, and green development

Editors in Charge:

HU Fei, Senior Scientist, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

MIAO Shiguang, Senior Scientist, Institute of Urban Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration

MIN Jingjing, Senior Engineer, Beijing Meteorological Service Center

REN Guoyu, Senior Scientist, National Climate Center/China University of Geosciences

SUN Jisong, Senior Scientist, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences

SUN Jianning, Professor, School of Atmospheric Sciences, Nanjing University

WANG Xuemei, Professor, Jinan University

ZHANG Hongsheng, Professor, Peking University

ZHU Bin, Professor, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology


Submission due: December 31, 2023

Language: Contributions can be written in Chinese, and then translated into English for publication after acceptance. Besides the official English version, the corresponding Chinese version can also be published on the Springer website (SpringerLink), JMR official website, and other major databases in the form of electronic supplements.

Submission site:

submission type: Please tick on “Urban Meteorological Research under Rapid Urbanization in China”

Submission template:

Please refer to the submission template and submit your manuscript with a standard format. Should you have any questions, contact

Publication date: Accepted papers will be put online under the designated topical collection, and printed in the immediately available issue. Eventually, a collection of all the papers of the Special Issue will be printed depending on the demand. 

Publication charge can be waived for high quality and innovative papers based on the editor/reviewer’s rating and evaluation comments. A limited numebr of outstanding papers in the Speical Issue will be awarded with certificates and cash prizes. Domestic and overseas contributions are all well welcome.