Recently Released Documents

Watch this space in the upcoming week for frequent updates with recently released documents framing important conference topics.

The conference commissioned five papers to compile information and produce analyses that can make a basis for discussions during the conference. The outcomes from these commissioned paper will feed into the designated sessions during the conference for further discussions. The topics were selected by the CitiesIPCC Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) based on a close consultation within and outside keeping in view the stated objectives of the conference and the key elements that needs to be supported. SSC members played roles to oversee this process of identifying the topics, author selection and conducting the review process timely. A full fact sheet can be found HERE.

Note: These papers represent the views of the authors and do not represent the official position of CitiesIPCC.

TOWARDS A NOVEL ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK FOR CITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE William Solecki, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Debra Roberts, Seth Schultz

Many major climate assessments have been conducted in recent years at global, national, and regional scales. Some of these focus on a wide range of topics, while others focus on a particular area such as oceans or biodiversity.
This paper analyses these assessments and provides recommendations on ‘moving forward on novel urban assessments.’ The paper suggests that to ensure the necessary knowledge base for climate action is available to all cities, it is essential to tailor research to multiple sets of stakeholders and their needs, and, additionally, strengthening ‘science-policy linkages and the role of city science partnerships’ by creating a continual dialogue.
URBAN DATA SCIENCE FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS Felix Creutzig, Steffen Lohrey, Xuemei Bai, Richard Dawson, Shobhakar Dhakal, William Lamb, Timon McPhearson, Jan Minx, Esteban Munoz, Brenna Walsh

Cities have an increasingly integral role in addressing climate change and maintaining quality of life. To understand solutions, we require adequate urban area data related to GHG emissions, climate threats and socio-economic contexts.
This paper outlines three routes for upscaling urban data science for global climate solutions: 1) Mainstreaming and harmonizing data collection in cities worldwide; 2) Exploiting big data to build scalable solutions while maintaining privacy; 3) Using high-resolution remote sensing data to automatize computation of first-order climate effects and solutions.
Even without crucial background data, cities should share their knowledge and experiences on climate solution strategies. Collaborative efforts towards a joint data platform would provide the quantitative foundations of an emerging global urban sustainability science.
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