Web-Talk on Urban Climate Change Responses: What is the Role of Geomatics?

Together with the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New Delhi/India, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) invites to an expert discussion. On 27 October, 11.30 a.m. CET, experts of the IOER, as well as of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, India, and the IIT Roorkee (Indian Institute of Technology) will discuss the role of geomatics in dealing with the impacts of climate change in cities.

Part of a city from above

(Photo: Chander Mohan on Unsplash)

Climate change defies cities across the globe with severe challenges. Greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors (energy, transport, buildings, etc.) must be reduced substantially and within a short time period to limit global warming effectively. Simultaneously, urban fabrics must be transformed to adapt to a shifting local climate, extreme weather and cumulating environmental risks. This demands redesigning green, blue and grey infrastructures, and a broad deployment of nature-based solutions ranging from individual buildings to regional landscapes. These complex issues raise novel questions regarding the integrated assessment and planning of possible response policies and measures.

In this context, the use of geomatics, i.e. the collection, distribution, storage, analysis, processing, and presentation of spatial data through computer technologies, has received growing attention. It allows integrating large and heterogeneous data sets, to explore their spatial relations and patterns, and to communicate about interpretations. This offers promising avenues towards a better understanding of the problems and solutions at hand in a given city, but also to novel forms of governance and decision-making, supporting engagement, participation and transparency in a highly complex and uncertain action domain.

Key topics addressed in the web-talk:

  • Simulating urban climate impacts
  • Urban air quality monitoring and prediction
  • SDG monitoring and land use indicators

The expert talk will take place online and in English

Date: 27 October 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (CET) (4 to 5.30 p.m., IST)

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