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Climate Change Resilience in the Urban Environment

Dr Tristan Kershaw


Between 1930 and 2030, the world's population will have flipped from 70% rural to 70% urban. While much has been written about the impacts of climate change and mitigation of its effects on individual buildings or infrastructure, this book is one of the first to focus on the resilience of whole cities. It covers a broad range of area-wide disaster-level impacts, including drought, heatwaves, flooding, storms and air quality, which many of our cities are ill-adapted to cope with, and unless we can increase the resilience of our urban areas then much of our current building stock may become uninhabitable.

Climate Change Resilience in the Urban Environment provides a detailed overview of the risks for urban areas, including those risks to human health as well as to building integrity, the physical processes involved, and presents key information in which way the risks can be reduced and urban areas made more resilient.

About Editors

Tristan Kershaw is a building physicist whose research focuses on the effects of climate change on the built environment, the origin and manipulation of the heat island effect, and increasing resilience of the built environment to climate change. He received the CIBSE Napier Shaw Medal in 2012 for his part in the creation of probabilistic future weather years using the outputs of UKCP09 as part of the EPSRC-funded PROMETHEUS project. 

Table of Contents

Climate Change Impacts
Urban Heat Islands
Weather Extremes


Hardback ISBN: 9780750311984

Ebook ISBN: 9780750311977

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1197-7

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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