UCCRN Co-Director gives Walter Orr lecture at 2017 AMS Annual Meeting
UCCRN Co-Director, Cynthia Rosenzweig, was given the honour of giving the Walter Orr Roberts Lecture at the 97th AMS Annual Meeting held in Seattle from January 22–26, 2017. The Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer is chosen in recognition of significant contributions to the field of atmospheric science through the understanding of atmospheric processes.
Titled ‘Developing Climate Risk Information for Cities: Key Findings from UCCRN ARC3.2′, the lecture focused on key take-home points from the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2). Cities around the world have been leading the way in advocating for action on mitigating and adapting to climate change, and the availability of the best scientific knowledge is crucial in informing key stakeholders of the risks that climate change will pose to urban areas.
Ways in which this can be achieved include creating a city-scale weather and climate forecast that can effectively communicate the importance of climate science information in a clear and timely manner. Building urban monitoring networks to address challenges posed to different neighbourhoods within a city – which may experience different microclimates – are also necessary to allow decision-makers to best address the wide range of climate risks present in the urban environment.