Urban risk & planning

This theme contributes to the understanding of urban risk, which includes urban hazards, exposure and vulnerability. It also covers aspects related to improving awareness, as well as local governance and local capacity to effectively reduce disaster risk.

Latest Urban risk & planning additions in the Knowledge Base

Green city with multiple green roofs
As Victoria, British Columbia, removes obstacles to green roof installations and Somerville, Massachusetts mandates their inclusion in new buildings, a Seoul case study underscores the positive social and environmental outcomes these policy changes.
The Energy Mix
This study informs NYC’s residents of their current and future flood risk and enables the development of tailored solutions to manage increasing flood risk in the city.
A new study predicts what it is going to feel like for people living in Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham during heatwaves in the future.
Natural Resources Wales
Using a qualitative research approach and drawing on semi-structured interviews with 20 practitioners in Ghana, the study examined practitioner insights into urban resilience and the implications for urban resilience theory and practice.
An aerial view of the Mai Po nature reserve beside Shenzen City, China
Botanical gardens are not just beautiful – they can cool the city air by 5°C during heatwaves, according to the most comprehensive review of its kind led by the University of Surrey. Parks and wetlands have a similar effect.
The University Of Surrey
This landmark report brings together multiple sources of data and analyses to describe the impacts of climate change on population health.
An electric fan cools down a resident inside her house
Weather extremes driven by climate change hit low-income communities harder. This makes “climate readiness” a pressing issue for governments, city planners and emergency services in fast-growing areas such as Western Sydney.
Conversation Media Group, the
Cover and source: Economics of Disasters and Climate Change
Using a new composite climate-risk index, this study shows that population in high-risk counties in the United States has grown disproportionately over the last few decades, even relative to the corresponding commuting zone.

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