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Technology Square Research Building

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Rapid urban growth is impacting not just the landscapes of cities, but also the local air quality, and the need for energy, water, and other resources. Although cities only occupy a mere 2% of the Earth’s surface area, they are responsible for nearly 70% of the global energy consumption, which is projected to increase 1.6 times from 2010 to 2040. This growth will be the result of increasing urban area populations, and infrastructure facilities such as highrise residential, commercial buildings, and data centers. Much of the energy used in urban areas is ultimately converted to anthropogenic waste heat released to the urban canopy, contributing to the growth of urban heat islands (UHI). The annual mean air temperature of a city of 1 million can be 1-3°C warmer than its surroundings, with the evening differences as high as 12°C. With extreme heat accounting for more weather-related deaths each year than any other form of extreme weather, urban populations are disproportionately impacted by rising temperatures. The UHI further results in increased summertime energy usage, higher air-conditioning costs, increased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as degradation of water quality. A renewed sense of urgency exists to mitigate adverse thermal effects on urban climate due to the combination of greenhouse gas-driven warming at the global scale, and UHI-related warming at the local-regional scale.

A renewed sense of urgency exists to mitigate adverse thermal effects on urban climate due to the combination of greenhouse gas-driven warming at the global scale, and UHI-related warming at the local-regional scale.

This workshop will bring together various national and international stakeholders to identify urban thermal climate challenges, and ways for addressing these. Invited talks from academia, industry, and national labs will be complemented by breakout sessions on selected topics. The workshop will focus on identification of topics of interest for multi-disciplinary, collaborative research efforts to insure the healthy growth of urban areas.

Agenda:

8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am – 9:20am Welcome and Introductions

Chaouki Abdallah, Executive Vice President of Research, Georgia Institute of Technology

Yogendra Joshi, Professor and John M. McKenney and Warren D. Shiver Distinguished Chair, G.W. School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

9:20am – 10:50am Setting the Scene

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Georgia

Brian Stone, Professor, School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ada Gavrilovska, Associate Professor, College of Computing and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Sailor, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; Director, Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University

10:50am – 11:00am Break

11:00am – 12:15pm Cities in Action: A Look at What is Happening on the Ground in Athens, Atlanta, and Phoenix

Amol Naik, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Andrew Saunders, Sustainability Officer, Athens-Clarke County

City of Phoenix, TBD

Katherine Moore, Sustainable Growth Program Manager, Georgia Conservancy

Minami Yoda, Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Moderator

12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch Break

1:15pm – 2:15pm Exercise: Breakout Groups

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Georgia

Brian Stone, Professor, School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ada Gavrilovska, Associate Professor, College of Computing and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Sailor, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning; Director, Urban Climate Research Center, Arizona State University

2:15pm – 3:30pm Panel on Integrated Pillar Applications

Stephanie Stuckey, Director of Sustainability Services, Southface

Hendrik Hamann, Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Denise Quarles, Chief City Executive – SE Region, Center of Competence, Americas, Siemens Corporation

Jon Philipsborn, Associate Vice President, Climate Adaptation Practice Director, Americas, AECOM

Tracy Twine, Associate Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota

Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology, Moderator

3:30pm Closing and Next Steps


Hotels Nearby: (*Hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible, as there are many events scheduled in Atlanta in January 2019.)

Artmore Hotel - 1302 West Peachtree Street, NW (404) 876-6100
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown - 1132 Techwood Crive (404) 607-1112
Crown Plaza - 590 West Peachtree Street, NW (404) 877-9000
Georgia Tech Hotel - 800 Spring Street (404) 347-9440
Georgian Terrace Hotel - 659 Peachtree Street (404) 897-1991
Grand Hyatt Atlanta - 3300 Peachtree Raod NE (404) 364-3848
Regency Suites - 975 West Peachtree (404) 876-5003
Renaissance Midtown Hotel - 866 W. Peachtree (678) 412-2400




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