Building on a series of scoping sessions with stakeholders and members, UCCRN is transitioning from a report-focused organization to one that leads an on-going, sustained global city-focused climate change knowledge assessment and solutions program. The program is targeted to early, mid, and late-adopter cities through the expansion of the UCCRN to include proactive Regional Hubs, with field directors, program coordinators, and researchers that strengthen ongoing collaborations and knowledge exchange both for and with cities.
The Regional Hubs operate at continental-scale (e.g., Europe, Central and Latin America, Africa, South and East Asia, Australia) and will be linked to other relevant regional and global resource nodes such as the World Meteorological Organization Regional Climate Centers, and the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Core Project.
UCCRN has actively worked to expand membership geographically (with an emphasis on enhancing the involvement of developing country scholars) and to strengthen specific skill sets in areas where regional capacity is lacking. Both goals will be achieved through the creation of the UCCRN Hubs to provide more geographically-targeted research and support for local researchers and practitioners, who will be recruited from local universities and research institutes in key cities important regions. Our regional work helps us strengthen urban climate assessment and action initiatives.
The UCCRN Regional Hubs serve to promote enhanced opportunities for new urban climate change adaptation and mitigation knowledge and information transfer, both within and across cities, by engaging in a real-time monitoring and review process with cities through on-going dialogue between scholars, experts, urban decision-makers, and stakeholders. These activities are achieved through a combination of cities-based activities and workshops held at international city gatherings, and accomplished through regular interactions that include monthly coordination calls, e-newsletters summarizing Hub activities, regional meetings hosted by each Hub every year, and an annual UCCRN meeting rotating through the Regional Hub locations.
The UCCRN Regional Hubs also help us to formalize our urban climate assessment and action framework, allowing UCCRN to update the ARC3 report series on a regular basis with strong links to urban decision-makers worldwide.
Current Regional Hubs:
Australia: Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia
Europe: Paris, France
Launched in July 2015 in affiliation with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, this is UCCRN’s first regional hub.
Co-Director: Chantal Pacteau.
Latin America: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Launched in October 2015 in partnership with the Oswaldo Cruz Institute (FIOCRUZ), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the City of Rio de Janeiro, Columbia Global Center Latin America, and Rio Resiliente.
Co-Director: Martha Barata
Africa: Durban, South Africa
Launched in October 2015 in partnership with the Durban Adaptation Chapter.
Co-Director: Sean O’Donoghue.
East Asia: Shanghai, China
Launched in August 2016 in partnership with East China Normal University and the China Meteorological Administration.
Co-Directors: Prof. Min Liu and Xiaotu Lei.
North America: Philadelphia, USA
Launched in November 2016 in partnership with Drexel University.
Co-Director: Prof. Franco Montalto