Shanghai Forum on Climate Change and Cities held in ECNU


From Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, the Shanghai Forum on Climate Change and Cities & the Launching Ceremony of Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) East-Asian Hub was held in ECNU. More than 40 scholars and students from home and abroad participated in the forum. Liu Min, dean of ECNU’s School of Geographic Sciences, chaired the opening ceremony. 

Shanghai Forum on Climate Change and Cities & the Launching Ceremony of UCCRN East-Asian Hub is held.

Wang Rongming, vice president of ECNU, gave a welcome speech on the opening ceremony of the forum. He congratulated the launching of the UCCRN East-Asian Hub and believed it can benefit the research, policy making and application related to the unban climate change.

 UCCRN East-Asian Hub is launched.

Lei Xiaotu, director of Shanghai Typhoon Institute, gave a speech about the climate change impacts in cities, and the potential of the East Asian Hub. Robert. S. Chen director of Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), discussed about the urban climate change in this century, and the future research opportunities. Somayya Ali Ibrahim, Program Manager of Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), talked about the history and  recent proceedings of UCCRN and its hubs. She also presented a video of the Cynthia Rosenzweig, a Co-chair of UCCRN, who gave a welcome address to the East Asian Hub and its two co-chairs. 

Liu Min and Lei Xiaotu, two Chair of UCCRN East Asian Hub, Robert S. Chen, and Somayya Ali Ibrahim unveiled the plaque for the hub. UCCRN is an international union that dedicates to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective. UCCRN members are scholars and experts from universities and research organizations. They span a broad range of expertise including climate scientists; urban heat island and air quality experts; climate change impact scientists; social scientists, including political scientists, planners, and economists; and urban designers and planners.

The forum attracts experts and young scholars from home and abroad.

During the second part of forum, 13 experts from distinguished universities and institutes delivered speeches on various topics related to the climate change. All the participants had a free discussion about the future research topics, collaboration opportunities, and how the UCCRN East-Asian Hub can make a difference. They agreed that the new hub should make full use of its regional advantages, enhance the connection with other hubs, and acquire more resources to expand the urban and climate change research in East Asian. 

The participants of the forum visit the Yangshang Deep Water Port and the Bund.

While in Shanghai, all the participant visited the East China Sea bridge, the Yangshan Deep Water Port, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, the Huangpu river, and the Bund area. They had a discussion on how climate change would affect these key infrastructures and the financial center.

ECNU's School of Geographic Sciences and CIESIN of Columbia University signed a Memorandums of understanding (MOU), both sides agreed to have future collaboration on research, publication, fund raising and student exchanges. The signing ceremony was chaired by Prof. Duan Yushan , Chief of the Party Committee of the  School of geographic sciences.Prof. Yu Lizhong, deputy director of the Geographical Society of China, attended the signing ceremony and gave a speech. Yu wished fruitful achievements to both side's collaboration. 

The School of Geographic Science and CIESIN of Columbia University ink a deal.

From hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 to mega floods in Wuhan, Beijing and other cities of China in 2016, the changing climate has influenced urban sustainability and quality of life in different parts of the world. This need a renewed science focus on climate change and cities. According to experts, launching the East Asian Hub for UCCRN in Shanghai would be a new beginning for urban climate change research in ECNU and beyond. The Forum had highlighted the width and scope of ongoing climate change and disaster risk reduction research, connected world major research centers on urban climate change, and it will make a great significance in the future, not only for the research in ECNU, but also for decision making and practice in Shanghai and beyond. 

Source: School of Geographic Sciences


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