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Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate

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Chen, F., Bornstein, R., Grimmond, C. S. B., Li, J., Liang, X., Martilli, A., Miao, S., Voogt, J. and Wang, Y. (2012) Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93 (11). pp. 1725-1728. ISSN 1520-0477

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00217.1

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In 2007, the world reached the unprecedented milestone of half of its people living in cities, and that proportion is projected to be 60% in 2030. The combined effect of global climate change and rapid urban growth, accompanied by economic and industrial development, will likely make city residents more vulnerable to a number of urban environmental problems, including extreme weather and climate conditions, sea-level rise, poor public health and air quality, atmospheric transport of accidental or intentional releases of toxic material, and limited water resources. One fundamental aspect of predicting the future risks and defining mitigation strategies is to understand the weather and regional climate affected by cities. For this reason, dozens of researchers from many disciplines and nations attended the Urban Weather and Climate Workshop.1 Twenty-five students from Chinese universities and institutes also took part. The presentations by the workshop's participants span a wide range of topics, from the interaction between the urban climate and energy consumption in climate-change environments to the impact of urban areas on storms and local circulations, and from the impact of urbanization on the hydrological cycle to air quality and weather prediction.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:34418
Publisher:American Meterological Society

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