Big Data: Understanding Risks and Resilience in Cities in Salon 8
14:45 - 16:15
Cities are leading the transition to a sustainable economy. Cities are increasingly setting low carbon goals and implementing local policies that recognize sustainability as essential to new markets, jobs and creating attractive places to live and work. However, cities are under more pressure than ever. Housing 50% of the world’s population and growing – core resources are under pressure. Furthermore, a changing climate is adding to the problem threatening energy, water and land security. To continue moving towards a sustainable economy, cities need to focus on good governance and invest in the services and projects that make an impact.
A significant challenge in achieving this goal is access and ability to use big data. City leaders need data to understand how to build smarter and more sustainable cites, assess climate vulnerabilities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For climate data to be useful in cities – scientists, technologists and researches must work closely with urban planners and policy makers.
This session will explore where the opportunities and challenges are in the era of smart cities, big data and analytics. Our speakers will discuss how cities can tap into this wealth of data and gain new insights into people’s behaviors and responses to climate change. Examples of emerging innovations in data collection, analysis and visualizations will be presented to understand how they can support and empower cities to enhance their resilience to climate change.
March 6, 2018
Infrastructure Transitions and Urban Form in Salon 5
15:15 - 16:45
Cities are expressing interest in a number of sustainability outcomes, ranging from carbon mitigation, resource efficiency, health, equity, and disaster resilience, among others indicated in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Increasingly, many cities are recognizing that while in-boundary activities and impacts are important, tracking the transboundary performance of urban infrastructure systems using approaches such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), supply chain analysis, environmental footprinting and disaster response modeling is critical to achieving multiple sustainability outcomes.
This session will present an overview of the science and the practice of assessing multiple sustainability outcomes in cities with focus on urban infrastructure, presenting both research advances and city-application examples. The session will be largely discussion focused, and organized in two rounds: Round 1: What transboundary life cycle based tools are cities using to assess different aspects of sustainability? Round 2: What is the science of addressing health and resilience outcomes in cities ? Are these linked with other sustainability outcomes in cities?