Technical Seminar – Urbanization and Climate Change in Asia: Impacts and Adaptation
During the last twenty to thirty years, due to rapid economic growth, there has been extensive urbanization of areas of agricultural and rural land in many Asian countries.
These changes have substantially modified the exchanges of heat, moisture and energy between the land surface and the atmosphere, as well as releasing additional heat and pollutants into the atmosphere. Furthermore, in general, appropriate holistic planning of these urban developments has been minimal because many of these cities have been built over a short period of time.
The consequences of this urban expansion impacts both the global and regional climate, with cities in Asia suffering significantly in terms of climate hazards now and in the future.
In this talk, Prof. Chan from City University of Hong Kong will show how urbanization and global climate change can modify the regional climate, using examples from the Pearl River Delta of China and other mega-cities. He will discuss the probable effects of such climate hazards and the potential actions that can be undertaken by governments to reduce the consequences of such impacts.