Global Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities will begin its work this week

UEP is participating in the collaborative, interdisciplinary effort that seeks to address climate related problems of rapidly urbanising world.

UEP group leader Sirkku Juhola has been selected as one of the lead authors in the Third Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.3), which is coordinated by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) based at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, NYC. Work on the Third Assessment Report will begin in this week remotely and it will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.

The ARC reports focus on the role that cities have in terms of climate change, acknowledging that more than half the world’s population is urban, and another two billion people are expected to move into cities by 2050 as urbanisation continues. Climate change not only forces cities to consider how they can decarbonise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible, but also how they can account for existing climate risks and plan to avoid future ones. Cities globally are facing pressing challenges already, including urban heat island effects, coastal flooding, and public health risks.

The ARC3 report series represents a collaborative effort with authors from cities in developed and developing countries around the world. This series of reports are the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities. The assessments identify key urban climate risks and presents policy implications for key urban sectors, including water, energy, transportation, sanitation and public health. It also examines governance and land use in cities.

You can find more information about the ARC reports here.