Atmospheric Science Seminar: "Cities and Climate Change Science from Conference to Research and Action Agenda"

Presented by: Dr. Brenna Walsh, Future Earth

In March 2018, the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This first of its kind conference was organised by nine global organisations and co-sponsored by the IPCC, and brought together academics, practitioners and policy makers to assess current knowledge and identify research gaps relating to cities and climate change. One of the primary outcomes of this conference was a Research and Action Agenda, co-developed by conference participants. This presentation outlines the coordination of collection of the inputs from conference participants for the agenda, writing, and review which I led, working with Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) members and other supporting members from partner organisations. This process resulted in a research agenda which was noted by the IPCC during its 48th Plenary Oct 1-5 2018.

This Research and Action Agenda is broken into three sections. The first highlights four crosscutting issues where there are knowledge gaps related to methodology and understanding that would benefit from better uptake of existing science and knowledge, new research and new perspectives. These crosscutting issues are Systems Approach, Governance and Institutions, Scale and Observation, Data, Modelling and Scenarios at the City Level. Six topical knowledge areas where the availability of more evidence-based knowledge would support practitioners and decision-makers in addressing specific city-level challenges arising from climate change were then presented. These key topical knowledge gaps were around Informality, Urban Planning and Design, Built and Blue and Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Finance and Uncertainty. The last section presents approaches to support the implementation of the Research and Action Agenda through strengthening the science practice and policy interface to advance climate action in cities. We propose that this can be done through furthering Knowledge co-design and co-production, Empowering cities to take action and Fostering long-term science-policy-practice collaborations. During this presentation, I will also highlight the strength that the co-design process, both in developing the conference between organizing partners and SSC members and with 700 + conference participants, and how this can further accelerate climate action in cities.


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