1351 An Analysis of 100 Climate Proofing Strategies of the C-40 Cities

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Anamika Shreevastava, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; and S. Bhalachandran, P. S. Rao, P. Modak, and D. Niyogi

In this study, a 100 successful climate proofing strategies adopted by the C-40 cities are analysed from the perspective of resilience. Previous studies have described the elements of resilience using the model of a stability basin. In this model, the depth represents the ability to withstand a shock; the width or latitude, the ability to absorb a shock; and precariousness, the risk of breaching the threshold. Based on this framework, each of the aforementioned climate proofing strategies is classified as one of the elements of resilience. The analysis indicates that most of these strategies fall under the category of precariousness (mitigative measures as opposed to adaptive ones). We argue the effectiveness of the same, given that urban climate is a complex stochastic system without a fixed threshold. In conclusion, the need for more integrated adaptive measures for improved urban resilience are highlighted.
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