Global Carbon Project Tsukuba International Office

GCP Seminar 2019 #02 “Urban Climate Application and Policy in Chinese Cities”

Global Carbon Project, Tsukuba office and Future Earth Japan Global Hub are co-organising a lecture by Dr. Chao REN on Urban Climate Application and Policy in Chinese cities at the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives

Dr. Chao REN is an Associate Professor in The Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design and Urban Climatic Application in Urban Planning. She serves as an associate editor for Urban Climate. She is a board member of the International Association for Urban Climate. She serves as a contributing author for the IPCC AR6 report.

The attendant is free of charge, and the lecture will be held in English.

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (18:00-20:00) Door open 17:30
The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives
Conference room, 419 (4F)
(Administration building No. 2)
7 Chome-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo City,
Tokyo 113-0033

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Since 2006 more than half of the world’s population have become urban dwellers. Furthermore, by 2030, nearly 60% of humanity will live in cities and almost 9% of the world's population will be living in just 41 megacities. The rise of mega- and high-density compact cities are now irreversible trends of human urban development, especially in China. The 13th 5-year plan suggests 19 city clusters should be developed by 2030 in China and megacities and high-density urban living are recommended given limited available land resources and concerns on convenient urban life efficient social economics. Such high density urban form poses a range of environmental challenges, especially as increasingly dense, complex and interdependent urban systems leave cities vulnerable and sensitive to climate variability and change. This ‘climate of concern’ has very much led to the emergence of the call for climate resilient and healthy cities especially as minds become focused on how climate change may have fundamental influences on how cities might have to plan for the future.

The speaker will share her practical experience by introducing several governmental consultancy projects she involved and led in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau. The presentation will not only look at the ways of urban climatic application methodologies and strategies but also introduce the practical experience of application-based guideline development. For example, the new China National Technical Guide on ‘Urban Climatic Consideration in City Master Plan’ has been recently developed. Its focuses are urban ventilation assessment and wind corridor plan, urban greenery and thermal environment, allocation of industrial areas, renewable energy resources, rainfall and sponge city development, and as well as extreme events and corresponding anti-measures. The presentation will also introduce Hong Kong heat-health project. The speaker hopes to illustrate the idea of “Science in Time, Science in Place” and explain how to deliver a cross-disciplinary collaboration bridging the scientific world and the community of practice.

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