Dr. Paul J. Alexander (MaREI, UCC), lead researcher on the EPA funded Urb-ADAPT project was invited to speak by the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG) at the Environmental Services Training Group Annual Conference in Clonmel (24 May 2017). Continue reading
The biennial international Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE) is designed to be a forum of excellence where a selected group of researchers, practitioners, and students present and discuss their latest findings and results.
In previous posts, we’ve highlighted how we describe land cover in the Urb-ADAPT project for the purposes of modelling urban climate effects. These previous posts have been specific examples of what we might term our “theoretical framework”, by defining how we approach modelling and how we want to represent urban areas across EMRA, we are setting the parameters for addressing a more fundamental question: What data do we need to start planning for adaptation in urban areas?
One of the key questions when considering the interaction between the atmosphere and the surface is “what surface?” – most climate models are not equipped to handle urban areas, and in the earliest days of climate modelling, entire cities, from New York to London and Tokyo and beyond, were treated as a simple slab of concrete.
The majority of the world’s land surface had warmer to much-warmer-than-average temperatures during June 2016, with the largest temperature departures observed across much of north-central Russia, the Russian Far East, and northern Australia where temperature departures were 3.0°C or higher.