UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Oscar Brousse

Dr Oscar Brousse

Research Fellow in Urban Meteorology and Environmental Modelling

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2020

Research summary

Oscar Brousse is a post-doctoral research fellow at the IEDE working on the impact of urban heat on urban health under the Health and Economic impacts of Reducing Overheating in Cities (HEROIC) project led by Clare Heaviside and financed by Wellcome Trust. Before joining, he did his PhD in geography at the KU Leuven in Belgium, where he focused his research on the effects of urban climates on malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. Often challenged by the acquisition of data at urban scale, Oscar has developped a keen interest in new technologies and citizen science to overcome this data scarcity in major cities of the world and study their impacts on the local climates. His efforts also made use of satellite remote sensing techniques as well as regional and urban climate models (WRF BEP(-BEM) and COSMO-CLM TERRA_URB), in particular. He is also a main contributor to the WUDAPT project (http://wudapt.org). Through his international collaborations, Oscar has been involved in numerous projects and studies that focused on a variety of cities across the globe (e.g., Madrid, London, Kampala, Vienna, Hong-Kong or Singapore). 

Teaching summary

Throughout his research career Oscar has always contributed to the teaching and tutoring activities of his department. In particular, Oscar assisted the teaching of courses around satellite remote sensing ofthe atmosphere and Earth's surface, regional climate modelling, academic levelling (research ethics, writing and communication), sensing techniques for urban climatology and urban physics. He also accompanied students on a geography field course in southern Spain. Concerning the tutoring, Oscar has supervised three master theses and one bachelor thesis; he also helped in the mentoring of PhD students at UCL.


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Dr. Oscar Brousse joined the UCL in September 2020 to work as a research fellow on the HEROIC project funded by Wellcome Trust. His training as a geographer specialized in urban climate studies and modelling permitted him to work in a variety of research environments. In particular, Oscar worked at the CIEMAT in Spain, the Purdue University in the USA, and the KU Leuven in Belgium. His research is published in peer-reviewed international journals, mostly focusing on environmental and climate sciences. Oscar speaks French, English, Spanish, and a bit of German and Dutch.