CIG Seminar: "Mechanisms linking urban patterns to carbon dynamics," Marina Alberti (UW)

Start Date/Time: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 1:30 PM
Ending Date/Time: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 3:00 PM
Location: UW Academic Computer Center, Room 120


Speaker: Marina Alberti, Professor, UW Urban Design and Planning and Landscape Architecture
Title: "Mechanisms linking urban patterns to carbon dynamics: Hypotheses, observations, and future scenarios"

Dr. Alberti's talk will delve into the environmental changes that occur as a result of urbanization and how those changes impact human health. Recent studies of urban ecology are devoted to the linkages that exist between ecological processes and the human decisions involved in urbanization. Despite the advancement of knowledge about these complex interactions, empirical studies connecting urban patterns and ecosystem functions are few and limited in scope. This talk looks into how studies could be designed to identify effective strategies to enhance the ecological resilience of urban centers. In the presentation, Dr. Alberti offers formal hypotheses on how alternative urban development patterns produce different carbon signatures; and how these patterns and carbon stocks and fluxes might be altered under alternative future scenarios. Using this model, Dr. Alberti proposes an integrated approach to linking observations, models and scenarios building to foster advances in scientific research and policy measures.


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