The Geography of Urban Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Science and Impacts

11/04/2014 09:39

Convenors: Dr. Winston Chow (Department of Geography, National University of Singapore) & Dr. Chang Chew Hung (National Institute of Education, Singapore) 

Rapid urbanisation in Southeast Asia over several decades, that has been manifested both in terms of extensive land use/land cover change and population expansion in cities, has corresponded with changes in surface and near-surface urban climates over a multitude of spatial and temporal scales. These features include elevated urban temperatures (i.e. heat islands), decreases in air quality, and possible changes in the frequency and intensity of urban precipitation etc. Academic research into the science and impacts arising from these phenomena in the region are still at an incipient stage, despite the potentially large exposure that Southeast Asia’s population is subjected to. Understanding the physical basis, as well as interpreting the geographical impacts from these phenomena are thus important, especially in the context of potential future applications of research towards adapting or mitigating detrimental outcomes from both urban and global climate change.

Thus, this session is convened to enable interested geographical scholars working on these climate issues to highlight, share and discuss research findings in this dynamic region.

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