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Rosenzweig et al. 2022

Rosenzweig, C., D. Peters, W.D. Solecki, R. Blake, K. Jacob, and B. Holland, 2022: Sustained urban climate assessment. In Climate Change and U.S. Cities: Urban Systems, Sectors, and Prospects for Action. W.D. Solecki and C. Rosenzweig, Eds., Island Press, pp. 261-304.

The reliable and continuous monitoring of a set of key urban climate change indicators is essential for the development of sustained climate assessment in metropolitan regions. Indicators are empirically-based measurements of climate variables (e.g., number of heat waves per year, daily rainfall totals, or annual sea level rise) which reveal a signal of the occurrence and pace of climate change to scientists and decision-makers.

A sustained assessment is the persistent monitoring or those indicators, which shares informnation about how changes to those climate indicators are progressing in real time. Such continuous monitoring is critically important because it guides adaptation actions based on how those changes are occurring over time.

The goal of this chapter is, therefore, twofold. Firstly, this chapter will set forth a vision for a nested, multi-level indicators and a monitoring framework. This framework underpins and suppons urban climate adaptation assessment and the implementation or 'flexible pathways' for policies at both regional and national scales. Flexible pathways allow room for adaptation plans to be malleable given new climate information that is given to decision-makers at regular intervals. Secondly, the goal is to highlight examples of extant networks and organizations that conduct urban climate assessments for adaptation purposes. "Top-down" and "bottom-up" approaches to indicators and monitoring are combined in a regional and national framework for sustained urban climate assessment.

To this end, U.S. cities like Boston, Seattle, and New York and international cities like Toronto and London have taken bold and novel approaches to establish and support climate change adaptation partnerships among agencies, research institutions, universities, private entities, and local communities. These partnerships have proven to be fruitful in enhancing and fostering sound, dynamic adaptation planning, initiatives, and pathways. Throughout this chapter, lessons learned from these existing information sharing networks are presented and discussed that can be used as a model for replication in other cities across the United States.

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  author={Rosenzweig, C. and Peters, D. and Solecki, W. D. and Blake, R. and Jacob, K. and Holland, B.},
  editor={Solecki, W. D. and Rosenzweig, C.},
  title={Sustained urban climate assessment},
  booktitle={Climate Change and U.S. Cities: Urban Systems, Sectors, and Prospects for Action},
  publisher={Island Press},

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ID  - ro06810e
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
AU  - Peters, D.
AU  - Solecki, W. D.
AU  - Blake, R.
AU  - Jacob, K.
AU  - Holland, B.
ED  - Solecki, W. D.
ED  - Rosenzweig, C.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Sustained urban climate assessment
BT  - Climate Change and U.S. Cities: Urban Systems, Sectors, and Prospects for Action
SP  - 261
EP  - 304
PB  - Island Press
ER  -

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