Cities and Climate Change: the precedents, and why they matter

Michael Hebbert, Vladimir Jankovic

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This paper reviews the long tradition of city-scale climatological and meteorological applications prior to the emergence in the 1990s of early work on the urban/global climate change interface. We show how ‘valuing and seeing the urban’ has been achieved within modern scientific meteorology and how in a limited but significant set of cases that science has contributed to urban practice. The paper traces the evolution of urban climatology since 1950 as a distinct research field within physical geography and meteorology, and its transition from observational monographs to process modelling; reviews the precedents, successful or otherwise, of knowledge transfer from science into public action through climatically-aware regulation or design of urban environment; and notes the neglect of these precedents in contemporary climate change discourse - a serious omission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1332–1347
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


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