First Annual Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecture Series
Featuring: Sue Grimmond
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Reading, UK
Thursday, February 8 at 4:00 p.m.
ASU’s Biodesign Institute Auditorium
Integrated Services for Weather and Climate in the Urban Environment
Rapid urbanization (over 6.3 billion urban residents are expected by 2050), combined with more frequent and more extreme climatic conditions, make cities places where most people are exposed to high impact weather (e.g. typhoons, heat stress, poor air quality events). Cities are centers of creativity and economic progress, but polluted air, flooding and other climate impacts mean urban residents also face significant weather, climate and environment-related challenges. Moreover, increasingly dense, complex and interdependent urban systems make cities particularly vulnerable: a single extreme event can lead to a widespread breakdown of a city’s infrastructure through inter-linked ‘domino’ effects. The complexity of urbanized environments presents enormous challenges to the provision of the necessary climate services to cities and regions and to the measurement and modelling of the urban environment. This presentation will provide an overview of recent research in urban hydrometeorology and climatology undertaken to meet the special needs of cities. Specific examples from London, UK and Shanghai, China will be presented.
Brief Biography – Sue Grimmond is a past President of the International Association of Urban Climate and past Lead Expert for the WMO on Urban and Building Climatology. She is on the editorial board of Urban Climate and has been an Editor for Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Annals, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. In 2006, she was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and awarded Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, from Göteborg University, Sweden. In 2008 she was awarded the Universitatis Lodziensis Amico Medal from University of Łódź, Poland. In 2009 she was the recipient of both the Helmut E Landsberg Award from the American Meteorological Society and the Luke Howard Award from the International Association for Urban Climate.