A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation

William Solecki, Karen C. Seto, Deborah Balk, Anthony Bigio, Christopher Boone, Felix Creutzig, Michail Fragkias, Shuaib Lwasa, Peter Marcotullio, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Timm Zwickel

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Abstract

Urban areas are key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also are vulnerable to climate change. The recent IPCC Fifth Assessment Report illustrates a clear need for more research on urban strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. However, missing from the current literature on climate change and urban areas is a conceptual framework that integrates mitigation and adaptation perspectives and strategies. Because cities vary with respect to development histories, economic structure, urban form, institutional and financial capacities among other factors, it is critical to develop a framework that permits cross-city comparisons beyond simple single measures like population size.The primary purpose of this paper is to propose a conceptual framework for a multi-dimensional urbanization climate change typology that considers the underlying and proximate causes of GHG emissions and climate change vulnerabilities. The paper reviews some of the basic steps required to build such a typology and associated challenges that must be overcome via a demonstration of a pilot typology with nine case study cities. The paper shows how the proposed framework can be used to evaluate and compare the conditions of GHG emissions and climate change vulnerability across cities at different phases in the urbanization process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-137
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Climate
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • GHG emissions
  • Typology
  • Urbanization
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies
  • Atmospheric Science

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    Solecki, W., Seto, K. C., Balk, D., Bigio, A., Boone, C., Creutzig, F., Fragkias, M., Lwasa, S., Marcotullio, P., Romero-Lankao, P., & Zwickel, T. (2015). A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation. Urban Climate, 14, 116-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.001