Goals and Activities

The Urban Climate Change Research Network's (UCCRN) key initiatives focus on research, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing.

Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3) Report Series. The ARC3 report series represents a collaborative effort with authors from cities in developed and developing countries around the world. The reports are the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities. The assessment articulates urban climate risk frameworks and climate science for cities, and derives policy implications for key urban sectors—water and sanitation, energy, transportation, public health—and the systemic issues of land use and governance. The Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3.2) is forthcoming. The ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders was launched in December 2015 at a UCCRN side session at the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

UCCRN Regional Hubs. UCCRN’s goal is to transition from a report-focused organization to one that leads a global, sustained city-focused climate change knowledge and solutions program through its proactive Regional Hubs. In doing this, UCCRN hopes to strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and with cities of various sizes. The focus the Regional Hubs is specifically on the expansion of UCCRN to gather and initiate world-class research and apply it to resilience planning. The Hubs operate at the continental-scale and link knowledge to action with tools such as the Case Study Docking Station and by working with other relevant regional and global resource nodes.

City Projects and Collaborations. UCCRN develops linkages among city decision-makers and researchers from developing and developed counties on the critical topics needed to advance the knowledge base for mitigation and adaptation solutions. UCCRN collaborations help to translate climate change research for non-scientific audiences, accelerating and improving policy action at the city-level.

Case Study Docking Station. The ARC3.2 Case Study Docking Station (CSDS) is designed to inform both research and practice on climate change and cities by enabling initial scientifically valid cross-case comparisons and analysis across a range of social, biophysical, cultural, economic, and political contexts. It is hoped that this first step will lead to new possibilities and pathways of case study research. The over 100 case studies included in the ARC3.2 CSDS cover topics such as vulnerability, hazards and impacts, mitigation and adaptation actions, and sector-specific themes such as wastewater and flood management. This database builds upon the first ARC3 report, which included 46 case studies.

Engaging Students and Scholars. UCCRN promotes the development of the next generation of urban climate change researchers and planners. The network hosts undergraduate, graduate, doctoral students, and visiting scholars working on urban climate change topics.