Climate Change Impacts on Urban Planning in the Cities
13 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2018
Date Written: November 24, 2017
Climate change presents a significant challenge for urban systems worldwide. Its effects will likely intensify over the coming decades. Whilst humanity may be able to take collective action to limit the intensity of these effects, scientific evidence indicates that some are already happening and will continue to occur, irrespective of any ongoing mitigation. Climate change impacts such as increased rainfall intensity, storm surges, and flooding and urban heat island effects are likely to affect many urban systems worldwide. These will impact severely on urban systems and the populations and services they support. Adaptation will almost certainly be required to cope with these effects. In this regard, it is positive to note that urban planning has the potential to become a key factor in developing and implementing adaptive responses in urban systems. A advantage of urban planning is the universality of the profession and the tools available to it. Tools such as plan-making, stakeholder engagement, development management and design standards are available to and used by urban planning regimes worldwide. These are important for developing and delivering urban adaptation across a variety of scales.
Keywords: Climate change, Urban planning, adaptation, mitigation, policies, strategies
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