Rapid urban growth is impacting not just the landscapes of cities, but also the local air quality, and the need for energy, water, and other resources. Although cities only occupy a mere 2% of the Earth’s surface area, they are responsible for nearly 70% of the global energy consumption, which is projected to increase 1.6 times from 2010 to 2040. This growth will be the result of increasing urban area populations, and infrastructure facilities such as high rise residential, commercial buildings, and data centers. Much of the energy used in urban areas is ultimately converted to anthropogenic waste heat released to the urban canopy, contributing to the growth of urban heat islands (UHI). The annual mean air temperature of a city of 1 million can be 1-3°C warmer than its surroundings, with the evening differences as high as 12°C. With extreme heat accounting for more weather-related deaths each year than any other form of extreme weather, urban populations are disproportionately impacted by rising temperatures. The UHI further results in increased summertime energy usage, higher air-conditioning costs, increased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as degradation of water quality. A renewed sense of urgency exists to mitigate adverse thermal effects on urban climate due to the combination of greenhouse gas-driven warming at the global scale, and UHI-related warming at the local-regional scale.
A renewed sense of urgency exists to mitigate adverse thermal effects on urban climate due to the combination of greenhouse gas-driven warming at the global scale, and UHI-related warming at the local-regional scale.
This workshop will bring together various national and international stakeholders to identify urban thermal climate challenges, and ways of addressing these. Invited talks from academia, industry, and national labs will be complemented by breakout sessions on selected topics. The workshop will focus on identification of topics of interest for multi-disciplinary, collaborative research efforts to ensure the healthy growth of urban areas.
Speakers/Panel Participants include:
Yogendra Joshi, John M. McKenney and Warren D. Shiver Distinguished Chair in Building Mechanical Systems and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
J. Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Georgia
Brian Stone, Professor, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ada Gavrilovska, Associate Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
David Sailor, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; Director, Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University
Workshop Organizing Institutions: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Arizona State University
Agenda details coming soon!
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