Climate Twins for Future – Equivalent Urban Climate as Starting Point towards more ClimateAdapted Cities

Pfanner, Bianca (2022) Climate Twins for Future – Equivalent Urban Climate as Starting Point towards more ClimateAdapted Cities. Mobility, Knowledge and Innovation Hubs in Urban and Regional Development. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2022, 27th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 155-163. ISSN 2521-3938

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Climate change-related effects such as heat or drought stress for humans, animals and plants or overstrained infrastructures can be observed especially in urban areas. Since these increasingly problematic situations do not represent individual phenomena, but are embedded in a global system, a search for similar problems in other cities or regions followed by a transfer of solutions have evolved as proven approach in the urban, regional, rural, landscape planning and research discourse. Regarding the urgency of the climate crisis, the approach "Mainly something happens and quickly" could guide spatial development planning within this "learning from" approach. But a greater potential would exist by looking to urban structures, mainly open and green spaces, whose current urban climate point to the future for other cities. These climate forecasts combinded with specific spatial examples are called Climate Twins and are an explanatory path that allows comparisons between urban climates, but diverges on the components of time and place (Rey et al. 2020, Bastin et al. 2019, Rohat et al. 2018 and 2017, Nakageawa et al. 2017, Beniston 2014, Ungar et al. 2011, Peters-Anders et al. 2011, Loibl et al. 2010, Loibl and Peters-Anders 2009, Hallgatte 2009, Kopf et al. 2008, Hallegatte et al. 2007). The aim of this paper is to put this modeling and climate research based method into an open and green spatial planning context and develop it as part of a more climate-conscious and climate-adapted planning paradigm. By using descriptive and explorative analytical methods, questioning what role climate has played in urban development historically, currently, but especially in the future may help to understand the climatic and planning relevance of “non-built” urban structures. Thus, this paper intends to develop Climate Twins as a research-led planning topic and starting point towards more climate-adapted and sustainable cities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Equivalent urban climate, Climate-Adatped, Urban Landscape, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Twins
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 10:47
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2022 14:16

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