Urban areas are both the biggest contributors and the most volunarable areas to the climate change. United Nations predicts that before 2050, 74% of the European population and 68% of the world population will be living in urban cities.

Thus, it is clear that cities play a major role for making either positive or negative impact on the well-being of the human species, on environmental resources and the climate. We are already aware of that the air pollution caused by urban cities are responsible for creating heat islands and acceleration of climate change. These heat islands do not only make impact on the urban area itself but also on the neighbouring areas. Therefore, if the negative climate impact causes of the urban areas are not well-identified and changed, not only the urban areas but the all nature will be threatened.

In this talk, I would like to talk about what opportunities satellite remote sensing and artificial intelligence methods bring for measuring the climate impacts of urban cities. I would like to discuss why most of the predictive models may not work and what other opportunities we have for better climate adaptation.

About Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Smart Cities
Sustainable city design for climate change adaptation

April 1, 2021