Monday, November 7, 2011

[EQ] Monitoring, Forecasting, and Governance of Urban Systems

Monitoring, Forecasting, and Governance of Urban Systems

Urbanization and Global Environmental Change UGEC - November 07, 2011

Global Environmental Change Project

Michail Fragkias, Corrie Griffith - Arizona State University

Available online [53p.] at:

“…..Urbanization is one of the most powerful, irreversible, and visible anthropogenic forces on Earth driving transformations of landscapes and ecosystems and global environmental problems.

“…..Cities across the developing world are struggling to meet rising demands for safe and respectable housing, transportation, water, waste treatment and other infrastructure and services necessary to foster healthy and productive places to live and work. As the understanding grows around how climate change will affect urban areas, ‘climate proofing’ and ‘climate risk screening’ are increasingly becoming part of the arsenal of donors and governments, reflecting a desire for infrastructure investments to be protected from climate-related shocks and stresses.

The underlying logic to this is sound, given the massive potential losses projected from flooding, storms, heat waves, and sea level rise. However, if not linked to a more comprehensive resilience strategy for the city, drawing upon land use planning, policy, and institutional strengthening, the resulting conditions may weaken – not strengthen – the capacity of the city as a whole to respond to the spectrum of changes happening now and on the horizon….”

Table of Contents

- Beyond Climate-Proofing: Taking an Integrated Approach to Building Climate Resilience in Asian Cities

- Engaging Stakeholders in Urban Climate Adaptation: Early Lessons from Early Adapters

- Exploring Space-Time Variation in Urban Carbon Metabolism

- Urban Remote Sensing (URS) and Forecasting Urban Land-Use (FORE) Workshops: Common Ground and Targeted Opportunities

- Thermal Satellite Data for Assessment and Monitoring of Surface Temperature Change and its Impact on Micro-Climate of Delhi

- The Impact of Demographic Change on the Accessibility to Public Services for the Elderly and Children of Hannover, Germany

- Urban Growth Models in a Fast-Urbanizing World

- Environmental Change and Urban Resilience: The Experiences of Gorakhpur

- Local Knowledge and Capacity for Global Environmental Change Adaptation in Urban Slums and Informal Settlements of the Developing World

- Domestic Water Accessibility and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Peripheral Urban Settlements of Mérida Metropolitan Area, Yucatán, México

- Global Climate Change and Strategies for Urban Sustainability: A Case Study of the Estuary CityShanghai, China


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