This virtual forum is the second of our Think Big series. Read more about our first forum here.
What are the potential impacts of megacity urbanization to 2050 and beyond on climate as well as other planetary boundary issues? How can IA processes help select among alternatives to address these impacts? In particular, what role should Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and long-term Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) play in informing planning and policymaking to address these issues?
The forum reviews the potential impacts of megacity urbanization to 2050 and beyond on climate as well as other planetary boundary issues. It also examines potential preferred alternatives for mitigating these impacts through IA processes, particularly Strategic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and long-term Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA).
We are designing each session to be on topics/issues of interest to general audiences, IA practitioners, urban and regional planners (and hopefully policymakers).
Two pre-recorded panel presentations were released in March, followed by this 90-min live panel discussion with real-time Q&A with attendees and panelists.
Heather M. H. Goldstone of Woodwell Climate Change Research Center. Heather is a science communicator working to put climate science in the hands of those in a position to make real-world change. She holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and she brings to her work a decade of experience in research and another decade in journalism. She is an award-winning journalist who founded and hosted Living Lab Radio on Boston Public Radio, a weekly live-interview show about science and society, and also hosted Climatide, a US National Public Radio blog exploring the impacts of climate change on coastal communities. Her research has been featured on:
This forum is planned as a series of multiple sessions under IAIA’s Climate Change Section’s Technical Advisory Group: Liaison with urban planners and decision makers.