Session 1 Outcome-Focused Urban Climate Research for Community Resilience

Monday, 13 January 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
104B (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Host: 15th Symposium on the Urban Environment
Ariane Middel, Arizona State Univ., School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Tempe, AZ
Peter Crank, Arizona State Univ., Healthy Urban Environments, Tempe, AZ

How we (re)design cities will play a major role in alleviating climate stressors and building community resilience to extreme events as the world continues to urbanize. Moving forward, the impact of the built environment on urban climate cannot be considered in isolation; it needs to be examined holistically in the context of the human environment, i.e. the people who live in cities, social structures, and public policy implications. This requires a paradigm shift from urban adaptation and mitigation solutions to personal and societal outcomes if those solutions were to be implemented.

This session solicits outcome-focused studies that address critical issues in the urban atmosphere and their impacts on people, communities, and society. We welcome submissions of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams and encourage collaborative studies with practitioners, stakeholders, city managers, emergency responders, NGOs, and partners from industry. We are also interested in studies that help build community resilience to extreme events, support decision-making, and potentially transform policy and practice. Observational and modelling studies are welcome, as well as qualitative and mixed methods research and work that employs novel sensing or simulation techniques, big data products, and machine learning.

8:30 AM
Unintended Consequences and Trade-Offs of Heat Mitigation Strategies
Florian Arwed Schneider, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ

8:45 AM
Investigating the Climate and Air Quality Impacts of Adopting Solar Reflective Cool Walls and Roofs in Los Angeles
Jiachen Zhang, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; and Y. Li, W. Tao, J. Liu, R. levinson, A. Mohegh, and G. Ban-Weiss

9:00 AM
Transformative Climate Communities: Informing Adaptation Planning through Cool Urban Design Interventions in Southern California
V. Kelly Turner, Univ. of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; and A. Middel, F. Schneider, Y. Zhang, and M. Stiller

9:30 AM
Heat Walk: Perception of Thermal Comfort in Relation to Street Infrastructure
Yuliya Dzyuban, Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ; and D. M. Hondula, M. Messerschmidt, J. Vanos, A. Middel, and P. Coseo

9:45 AM
Wicked Hot Boston: Connecting Citizen Science to Extreme Heat Events Through Urban Heat Mapping and ISeeChange
Sara Benson, Museum of Science, Boston, Boston, MA; and D. F. Sittenfeld, V. Shandas, J. S. Hoffman, K. Baur, S. Harrington, and D. Cavalier

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