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About the Conference

Pathways of regional development are sequences of interlinked transformations in socioeconomic processes and institutional settings. Regional changes over time have diverse impacts, including consequences for carbon stocks and fluxes that constrain feasible development options. Cities are complex drivers of both regional development pathways and carbon emissions. On the one hand cities are centers of key activities (e.g. transportation) driving changes in the carbon cycle and the climate system. They also have an ecological footprint extending to distant and remote places, arising from their demands for energy and material goods. On the other hand, cities are centers of cultural opportunities and changing lifestyles that can induce transformations in consumption behavior and technological development. One of the societal challenges posed by human-induced climate change is to find ways of reducing carbon emissions through changes in consumption and technology. The conference aims to address the challenge of climate change and carbon management in urban centers.

Conference Themes

Theme 1 - Measurement and Observations

Measurement and Observations of urban and regional emissions trajectories using tools such as comprehensive place-based carbon budgets and inventories, sectoral carbon budgets and material flow analysis.

Theme 2 - Patterns, Variability and Modeling at Multiple Scales

Patterns and variability (temporal and spatial) in urban and regional carbon footprints and their influence on future global carbon trajectories; modeling strategies at multiple scales and complexities including techniques and tools that stimulate the factors influencing and causing changes in carbon emissions over time; large scale insights from earth system modeling approaches and new ideas for incorporating urban emissions, transport and other human dimensions into the global models.

Theme 3 - Influence and Development Processes on Carbon Emissions

The influence of development processes on present day net emissions (e.g., studies of spatial patterns and densities of development and their impacts on carbon emissions, changes in net emissions or carbon budgets over time, and their association with key development decisions) including examples of estimations of carbon consequences of decisions in various sectors (e.g., transportation infrastructures and systems, population dynamics, lifestyles, technological innovations, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, bio-energy, heating, and avoided emissions.)

Theme 4 - Mitigation Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges for Urban and Regional Carbon Management at Multiple Scales

Evaluation of existing management strategies that explicitly or implicitly have an impact on GHG emissions, in terms of the factors explaining their success, constraints and challenges; evaluation and measurement of carbon consequences of decisions in various sectors across rural and urban environments as well as design of regional/urban emission reductions approaches which include and make use of win-win strategies, such as those that aim to reduce net GHG emissions, improve air quality, and human welfare.

Goals

The conference seeks to:

  1. develop comprehensive analysis of, and novel approaches to citys'/region's net emissions trajectories and their underlying drivers;
  2. explore possible management strategies (points of intervention) and best timing for implementation (windows of opportunity) to foster the development of less carbon intense ("decarbonized") pathways of regional/urban development; and
  3. bring the UCRM activities to the attention of the carbon communities, and to attract participants in these communities to the UCRM agenda.

Who Should Attend?

  • Natural Scientists working on (e.g. observations, strategies, explanations) carbon sources and sinks associated with urban and rural activities including related sectoral components such as transportation, energy, food and fiber, forestry and agriculture, etc.
  • Social Scientists working on social and economic drivers of carbon emissions and removals (e.g. changes in the numbers of households, offset projects, institutional dynamics); carbon inventories from fossil-fuel use or land-use changes; assessment of cities' local and remote impacts through environmental accounting-tools such as material flow analysis (metabolism approach); evaluation of existing management strategies which explicitly or implicitly have an impact on GHG emissions and removals; and an understanding of the complex interactions among causes and drivers responsible for changes in GHG emissions.
  • Policy Advisors and Analysts supporting the decision making process.

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