Since ten years more than half of the world's population is living in cities - with numbers growing rapidly. Accelerated urban development is challenged by the risks and consequences of extreme weather and climate events and global socio-economic disparity. Resiliency and reduced vulnerability to all socio economic sectors have become critical elements to achieve sustainable development.
The International Association on Urban Climate (IAUC) invited scientists from all over the world to discuss urban climate on its 10th international conference on urban climate from 6th – 10th of August in New York City. The focus of the conference was „Sustainable and Resilient Urban Environment“. Scientist Rosmarie De Wit from the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), Austria’s national weather service, summarizes:
CLARITY connects scientists and urban planners
De Wit also gave a talk herself about a new project funded by Horizon 2020 to connect scientists and urban planners in the European Union: CLARITY. In the CLARITY project a new market place will make construction projects safer and more cost efficient in the future by considering the impact of climate change as well as adaptation options.
ICUC: "It’s not enough to simply build a park"
The 10th International Conference on Urban Climate followed a holistic approach. „It’s not enough to simply build a park“ says De Wit. "If your are developing something just on your own in your office, only focusing on one aspect, success is not guaranteed. You need go out, speak to many people and combine different levels of data to find the best solutions.“ At the ICUC urban planners, architects and scientists were approaching new solutions to tackle climate change in urban environments together.
The International Organisation on Urban Climate is hosting conferences since the late 1960s. Its partners are the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), American Meteorological Society, European Space Agency (ESA), Organisation for Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), National Science Foundation and the City College of New York where the conference was held this year.
Horizon 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/