To demonstrate the relevance and usefulness of Urb-ADAPT outputs to the development of local scale adaptation plans and to garner stakeholder feedback on the outputs of Urb-ADAPT, a stakeholder workshop was held on December 11th, 2018 at the Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun and included representatives from Ireland’s Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs), Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly (EMRA), Local Authorities and from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). Employing the outputs of Urb-ADAPT, the workshop had three interlinked aims: i) to identify local and regional vulnerabilities and risks associated with key urban climate impacts, now and in the future; ii) to identify a suite of adaptation options (short, medium and long term) and; iii) to assess the relevance of project results to local and regional planners (fit-for-purpose).
Dr. Roberta Paranunzio spoke about Urb-ADAPT project and climate change impacts and vulnerability of coastal zones at CoastGIS 2018 in Ísafjördur, Iceland, hosted by the University Centre of the Westfjords (27-29 September 2018).
The CoastGIS 2018 conference is the 13th symposium and gathers together international researchers for exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on how spatial data and information technologies aid marine and coastal zone managers and stakeholders in better understanding and managing coastal space and resources. This year’s theme is about Climate Change and Spatial Planning to address recent challenges in managing coastlines sustainably.
You can find the book of abstracts here.
Dr. Roberta Paranunzio (MaREI, UCC), lead researcher on the EPA funded Urb-ADAPT project, presented a poster on assessing vulnerability to climate-related impacts in the urban space at the ESA Second Mapping Urban Areas from Space 2018 conference in Rome in October 2018. More on the conference here: http://muas2018.esa.int/index.php
MAREI’s Dr. Roberta Paranunzio presented research findings of Urb-ADAPT project at the WHO International Healthy Cities Conference this October 2018. The conference, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was a key platform for bringing about change and achieving improved well-being, health, and sustainable development in cities worldwide. UrbADAPt was presented in the framework of a session on “Climate change: risk assessment and positive responses”. The session offered the opportunity for sharing lesson-learnt, response plan and strategies strategy creating healthy, sustainable and resilient environments in urban areas, where climate change is increasingly concern so far, due to the growing urban population across Region and globally.
You can download the abstract here: https://www.healthycitiesbelfast2018.com/abstract
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.