Dr. Bin Zhou

Senior Scientist
Dr. Bin Zhou is a guest researcher at PIK after completing his doctorate from the Urban Transformations Group in 2017. Meanwhile, he works as a postdoctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. An environmental engineer and geographer by training, he specializes in multi-scale modelling of urban climate and its interactions with the built environment in response to different development scenarios, focusing primarily on cities in Europe and the Middle East. He has profound expertise in numeric simulation, geo-spatial analysis, and remote sensing.


Working Group


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Dr. Bin Zhou’s current research focuses on a multi-scale analysis of urban climate and heat-related environmental exposure, integrating diverse modelling approaches:

  • At micro-scale, he applies an urban canopy model – Canopy Air Temperature Model – to address the impacts of urban morphology/vegetation on micro-climatic variabilities, and its ensuing implications for public health and energy saving potential in the building sector.

  • At meso-scale, he uses the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model coupled with different land surface/urban canopy schemes to study synoptic variables and surface energy balances for urban and peri-urban areas.

  • At national scale, he employs machine learning-based statistical models to estimate gridded near-surface variables (temperature, humidity) to further reduce exposure misclassification in epidemiology analyses.

  • Erell, E., B. Zhou (2021), The Effect Of Increasing Surface Cover Vegetation On Urban Microclimate And Energy Demand For Heating And Cooling, under review.

  • Zhou, B., S. Thies, R. Gudipudi, M. K. B. Lüdeke, J. P. Kropp, D. Rybski (2020), A Gini approach to spatial CO2 emissions, PLOS One,doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242479

  • Erell, E., (2020), The Effect of Increasing Vegetation Cover on Energy Demand for Heating and Cooling Buildings in a Dense City - Methodology and Case Study, Proceedings of the 35th PLEA Conference - Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design: Planning Post Carbon Cities, A Coruña, 2020. PLEA 2020 Best Paper Award.

  • Zhou, B., E. Erell, I. Hough, A. Shtein, J. Rosenblatt, A. C. Just, V. Novack, I. Kloog (2020), Estimation of hourly near surface air temperature across Israel using an ensemble model, Remote Sens.,doi: 10.3390/rs12111741

  • Zhou, B., E. Erell, I. Hough, J. Rosenblatt, A. C. Just, V. Novack, I. Kloog (2020), Estimating near-surface air temperature across Israel using a machine learning based hybrid approach, Int. J. Climatol., doi: 10.1002/joc.6570

  • Hough, I., A. C. Just, B. Zhou, M. Dorman, J. Lepeule, I. Kloog (2020), A multi-resolution air temperature model for France from MODIS and Landsat thermal data, Environ. Res., doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109244.

  • Zhou, B., S. Kaplan, A. Peeters, I. Kloog, E. Erell (2019), ‘Surface’, ‘Satellite’ or ‘Simulation’: mapping intra-urban microclimate variability in a desert city, Int. J. Climatol.,doi: 10.1002/joc.6385

  • Gudipudi R., D. Rybski, M. K. B. Lüdeke, B. Zhou, Z. Liu, J. P. Kropp (2018), The efficient, the intensive, and the productive: Insights from urban Kaya scaling, Appl. Energ, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.11.054

  • Zhou, B., D. Rybski, and J. P. Kropp (2017), On the relation between UHI intensity and city proximity, [arXiv:1710.01726]https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.01726)

  • Zhou, B., D. Rybski and J. P. Kropp (2017), The role of city size and urban form in the surface urban heat island, Sci. Rep., doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04242-2.

  • Zhou, B. (2016), Cities as urban clusters: An empirical study of surface urban heat island intensity and its implication for benchmarking UHI adaptation, Urban Climate News, 62, 23-27. link.

  • Fluschnik, T., S. Kriewald, AGC. Ros, B. Zhou, D.E. Reusser, J.P. Kropp, D. Rybski (2016), The Size Distribution, Scaling Properties and Spatial Organization of Urban Clusters: A Global and Regional Percolation Perspective. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., 5, 110, doi:10.3390/ijgi5070110.

  • Zhou, B., D. Lauwaet, H. Hooyberghs, K. De Ridder, J. P. Kropp, D. Rybski (2016), Assessing seasonality in the surface urban heat island of London, J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim.,55, 493–505, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0041.0.

  • Zhou, B., D. Rybski, and J. P. Kropp (2013), On the statistics of urban heat island intensity, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 5486–5491, doi:10.1002/2013GL057320.

  • The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) Postdoc Fellowship, Israeli Council for Higher Education

  • Postdoc Fellowship, Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

  • Climate-KIC PhD Scholarship, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

  • Best Paper Award at 35th Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference, September, 2020.

  • Student Presentation Award at 9th International Conference on Urban Climate, Joint International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC)/American Meteorological Society (AMS) awards committee, July 2015.