Senior Scientist, Research Applications Laboratory, Climate Science & Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Climate Science & Applicaitons Program, Research Applications Laboratory
National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Senior Scientist, Research Applications Laboratory, Climate Science & Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Patricia Romero Lankao is an “interdisciplinary sociologist” by training and has worked with scholars and decision makers at local, national and international scales. She has been a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is currently leading the “Urban Futures” initiative there.
She is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of greenhouse gases, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk . She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts in the context of broader development concerns. Along with other scientists at NCAR and internationally, she is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by globalscale interdisciplinary research.
Patricia has participated in global and local endeavors promoted by IPCC, UNDP, IAI and UN-HABITAT. She was co-leading author to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and is currently convening author of IPCC: AR5, North American chapter. Although she was born in Mexico, she considers herself to be a citizen of the world and is passionately engaged in finding options to move humankind toward a more sustainable, resilient and fair future.
van der Pluijm, B., A. AghaKouchak, M. Ellis, N. B. Grimm, H. Liao, C. H. Mari and P. Romero-Lankao. 2020. Thank you Earth's Future reviewers in 2019. Earth's Future 8(3):e2020EF001536. DOI: 10.1029/2020EF001536. (link )
Romero-Lankao, P., A. Wilson, J. Sperling, C. A. Miller, D. Zimny-Schmitt, L. M. Bettencourt, E. M. Wood, S. Young, M. Muratori, D. Arent, M. O'Malley, B. K. Sovacool, M. A. Brown, F. Southworth, M. Bazilian, C. Gearhart, A. Beukes and D. Zund. 2019. Urban electrification: Knowledge pathway toward an integrated research and development agenda. Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation Research Paper No. 10 (link )
Solecki, W., N. Grimm, P. Marcotullio, C. Boone, J. Lobo, A. Luque, P. Romero-Lankao, A. Young, R. Zimmerman, R. Breitzer, C. Griffith, M. Watkins and A. Aylett. 2019. Extreme events and climate adaptation‐mitigation linkages: Understanding low‐carbon transitions in the era of global urbanization. WIREs: Climate Change 10(5):e616. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.616. (link )
Romero-Lankao, P., P. T. McPhearson and D. J. Davidson. 2017. The food-energy-water nexus and urban complexity. Nature Climate Change 7(4):233-235. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3260. (link )
Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, K. C. Seto, L. R. Hutyra, R. Duren, C. Kennedy, N. B. Grimm, J. R. Ehleringer, P. J. Marcotullio, S. Hughes, S. Pincetl, M. V. Chester, D. M. Runfola, J. Feddema and J. Sperling. 2015. Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale. Nature 525(10 September 2015):179-181. DOI: 10.1038/525179a. (link )
Solecki, W., K. C. Seto, D. Balk, A. Bigio, C. G. Boone, F. Creutzig, M. Fragkias, S. Lwasa, P. J. Marcotullio, P. Romero-Lankao and T. Zwickel. 2015. A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation. Urban Climates 14(Part 1):116-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.001. (link )
Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, M. V. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling and E. Stokes. 2014. A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon. Earth's Future 2(10):515-532. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000258. (link )
O'Brien, K., J. Reams, A. Caspan, A. Dugmore, M. Faghihimani, I. Fazey, H. Hackmann, D. Manuel-Navarrete, J. Marks, R. Miller, K. Raivio, P. Romero-Lankao, H. Virji, C. Vogel and V. Winiwarter. 2013. You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change. Environmental Science & Policy 28(April):48-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.11.011. (link )
Elmqvist, T., X. Bai, N. Frantzeskaki, C. Griffith, D. Maddox, P. T. McPhearson, S. Parnell, P. Romero-Lankao, D. Simon and M. Watkins eds. 2018. Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.
Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal and S. A. Ibrahim. 2018. Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1316603338.
Bai, X., T. Elmqvist, N. Frantzeskaki, P. T. McPhearson, D. Simon, D. Maddox, M. Watkins, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Parnell, C. Griffith and D. Roberts. 2018. Synthesis: New integrated urban knowledge for the cities we want. Pp. 462 Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.
Romero-Lankao, P., N. Frantzeskaki and C. Griffith. 2018. Sustainability transformation emerging from better governance. Pp. 263-280 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.
Romero-Lankao, P., O. Wilhelmi and M. V. Chester. 2018. Live with risk while reducing vulnerability. Pp. 92-112 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.
Wilder, M. C., G. Garfin, P. Ganster, H. Eakin, P. Romero-Lankao, F. Lara-Valencia and F. Munoz-Arriola. 2013. Climate change and U.S. Mexico border communities. Pp. 340-384 In: Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black and S. LeRoy eds., Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Island Press. Washington, DC.
Kinzig, A. P., W. C. Clark, O. Edonhofer, G. Gallopin, W. Lucht, R. B. Mitchell, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Sreekresh, S. Tickell and O. R. Young. 2004. Science, society, and sustainability. Pp. 409-434 In: Schellnhuber, H. J., P. Crutzen, M. Claussen and H. Held eds., Earth System Analysis for Sustainability. MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262195133.
Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, T. Bowman and S. A. Ibrahim. 2015. ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders. Urban Climate Change Research Network. (link )
Chavez, A., H. Estiri, M. Pathak and R. Zimmerman. 2015. Chapter 12: Urban energy. Pp. 14-15 In: Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, T. Bowman and S. A. Ibrahim eds., ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders. Urban Climate Change Research Network. New York, New York. (link )