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Towards an integrated urban assessment framework

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Almost 50 per cent of the world's population lives in cities, increasing to 60 per cent by 2030. As a result of this, urban emissions will be an increasing driver of global warming. At the same time, urban areas are vulnerable to climate change and its impacts. In turn, these impacts can induce energy-intensive adaptations such as air conditioning, pumped drainage or desalination. The mitigation of these impacts and sustainable options for adaptation in vulnerable cities require integrated strategies. Ultimately, we want to understand more about the effects of climate change on cities, the causes of emissions from urban areas and assess the effectiveness of alternative approaches to mitigation and adaptation. In this presentation I shall introduce the Cities Research Programme of Phase 2 of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2006-2009) that aims to address some of the challenges above by asking ‘how can cities grow while reducing vulnerability and emissions?' through the development of an integrated urban assessment framework comprising evidence based models that connect urban development decisions, climate impacts and emissions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dawson RJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: First International Conference on Carbon Management at Urban and Regional Levels

Year of Conference: 2007

Publisher: GCP


Sponsor(s): Global Carbon Project