SURE Summer School 21 to 26 August 2017 in Bucharest (Romania)
Urban Climate Change Challenge: Monitoring, Assessment & Adaptation
Venue: Bucharest, Romania – University of Bucharest
Organizers: Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Urban Water Innovation Network (ASU-CSU), Society for Urban Ecology (SURE – Chapter South-East Europe), and Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics (CICADIT)
Aim: The summer school wanted to provide structured information, skill development and capacity building related to climate change challenges in urban areas, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major sustainability challenges facing future generations.
Rationale and goals: Urban areas impart significant local to regional scale environmental perturbation. Urban-induced effects, simultaneously with impacts owing to long-lived emissions of greenhouse gases, may trigger additional physical and socioeconomic consequences that affect the livelihoods of urban dwellers. While urban areas amass more than 50% of the world population, and three of four Europeans live in a city, the systematic monitoring and assessment of urban climates, mitigation of and adaptation to adverse effects, and the strategic prioritization of potential solutions may enable enhanced preparedness of populations and local authorities. Such challenges call for enduring scientific advancements, improved training and increased awareness of topical issues.
The critical areas covered refered to:
(1) modern monitoring of urban environments
(2) modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(3) adaptation and mitigation strategies and their prioritisation
(4) exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities.
The summer school was intended for doctoral and post-doctoral students who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.