Bachelor projects

Bachelor projects 2019

Aaron Gemmel (Bachelor Physics): Bike measurements to investigate impact green and blue on urban heat island

Starting from the work done by Kaat Van der Eycken the student will further develop the measurement sensor. Automatic lat-lon coordinate logging should be added for example. With this more user-friendly device the student will perform bike measurements and will investigate the impact of green and blue on nighttime temperatures.

Milan Langhendries (Bachelor Physics): Extending a VLINDER weather station

The Atmospheric Physics group leads a citizen science project called VLINDER (VLaanderen IN DE weeR; ). For this project a network of more than 50 automatic weather stations will be installed in Flanders and Brussel. The student will investigate whether this monitoring network might be extended towards measuring air pollution or light pollution.

Bachelor projects 2018

Kaat  Van der Eycken (Bachelor Physics): Bike measurements of the urban heat island in Ghent

The goal of this bachelor project consists of building a small instrument capable of measuring temperature. The instrument will be mounted on a bike and can be used to undertake mobile measurements of the urban heat island in the city of Ghent. The student will compare the mobile measurements with the MOCCA measurements and evaluate the impact of the environment on the temperature readings.

Milan Langhendries (Bachelor Physics): Balloon measurements to determine temperature profile

The urban heat island is not limited to the canopy but extends vertically in the lowest part of the boundary layer. It is difficult to measure the urban heat island further away of the surface. This bachelor project will test balloon measurements as a method to determine vertical temperature profiles. The student will compare rural and urban vertical temperature profiles.

Bachelor project 2017


Joshua Clercx (Bachelor Physics): Building and testing a compact weather station


For the MOCCA project ( a high quality network of weather stations is spread over the city of Gent for long-term measurements. For this bachelor project the student needs to build and program a compact weather station working on solar energy that can be used for flexible measurement campaigns. By placing the newly built weather station next to an existing high accuracy station, the student can validate the accuracy of the measurements.