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Urban Heat Island: Managing local climate change to enhance resilience of cities

16 Jun 2011
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Where: Seminar room 505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HG
Times: 14:00 - 15:30


Although cities account for less than 3% of the global land area they are home to over half of the world’s population.  The current growth trajectories indicate that by 2050, nearly 70% of humanity will live in urban areas.  The importance of cities in the global fight against climate change is increasingly being recognised.  Even though cities are major consumers of energy and materials as well as generate vast amounts of waste, they are also major centres of innovation and finance – which could enable them to be at the forefront of climate mitigation actions.  

At the same time, the nature of climate change with its long lag-times mean that major centres of population will have to prepare themselves to act as the first line of defence against catastrophic effects of local and global changes expected in the near future.  Given these twin realities of potential innovation in mitigatory action as well as adaptive capacity and need, urban areas are beginning to receive a long overdue attention from climate change scientists and policy makers.  In these efforts, the role of urban climate change in both contributing and augmenting global change is a key unknown that needs careful attention.  

Could there be opportunities to use the mitigatory potential of urban fabric to reduce the effects of urban warming with a view to providing some relief to the wider and more extreme weather events spawned by global climate change?

A further reality confounding the issue is urban decay.  Major centres of urban population have already begun to lose population and even those that are yet growing continue to sprawl, leading to lowering urban densities in many parts of the world.  What effects will shrinking cities as well as de-densification have on local climate change?  What lessons can we learn from the local climate change trajectories of mature cities to plan better the still growing cities of the world?

In this presentation, we present our efforts to study the influence of urban morphology on local/micro-climate changes in Glasgow and set it within the context of global climate change and efforts to adapt cities to such changes.  We then explore the sustainability dimensions of such urban planning and design actions.



Dr Rohinton Emmanuel, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University

Prof Eduardo Kruger, Glasgow Caledonian University


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online conference and will receive an email on the morning of the event.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the conference in person - after the video is finished there will be time for discussion with the speaker, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the conference speakers.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.



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