29 June 2016 - 01 July 2016
The main objective of the workshop is to discuss strategies for creating a platform for gathering quantitative and qualitative data at various urban scales, ranging from individual buildings, to neighborhoods, and municipalities. Special focus will be on mapping carbon emissions. Better understanding of carbon emission patterns is essential for developing action plans for low carbon development and tracking their achievement. Such data are also essential for assessment purposes and for developing future scenarios. During the workshop, participants will discuss strategies for addressing various challenges and develop a collaborative framework for creating a global database on cities. The database on cities’ carbon emissions will be linked with the WUDAPT initiative as well as the Global Carbon Atlas, which is today an international reference that provides annual updates on country-based carbon emissions.
The event is organized by the Global Carbon Project (GCP), World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT) and Future Earth.
The Global Carbon Project (GCP)
GCP assists the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed knowledge base supporting policy debate and action to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT)
The impact of cities on the climate at urban, regional and global scales is a topic of considerable debate. Much of the relevant research to date has been focused on mapping urban centers using demographic and administrative information, often supplemented by remote sensing. However, these data provide no information on the internal make-up of cities, which is important for understanding their impact on the environment as well as their vulnerability to change. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes the dearth of information on urban areas. The WUDAPT initiative is designed to fill this gap.
Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world.
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