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February 2016 Newsletter

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Livable Urban Futures Cluster/Fast Track Initiative Holds Second Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
On February 15 - 16, 2016, the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project held the second Livable Urban Futures meeting at Arizona State University's Downtown Campus.  It was a continuation of activities begun at the first meeting in Boulder, Colorado, USA in March 2015.  Members of the Future Earth Urban Platform (FEUP) core group and other international researchers were on hand to discuss and build upon two of the FEUP Initial Research Activities (see page 12-13 of FEUP Design Draft [pdf] for more details): Urbanization, Food-Energy-Water Systems and Extreme Hazard Risks (UNMASK, formerly Adapting Cities to Climate Extremes and Variability) and Alternative Urban Futures.  The meeting was led by James Goldstein, Corrie Griffith, Patricia Romero-Lankao, and David Simon.  

A workshop summary is forthcoming.

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Upcoming Events

Global Climate Observation - the Road to the Future
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 2 - 4, 2016

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, USA
March 29 - April 2, 2016

American Planning Association National Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
April 2 - 6, 2016

Chemistry in the Urban Atmosphere
London, UK
April 6 - 8, 2016
Deadline for submitting contributions for oral and poster presentations is March 3, 2016.   Click here for more details

Urban Transitions 2016 will highlight the latest research and practice towards developing an urban future that is more economically competitive, sustainable and resilient, equitable and inclusive, and digitally supported.
This major new event will bring together researchers, policy-makers, government representatives and practitioners to review the current challenges and opportunities afforded by our increasingly urbanised society.
It will highlight current research and innovation, review where we are today and what needs to be done to develop an economically feasible, sustainable and resilient future.
Contributions are currently invited on the four conference themes:
Recent Calls for Publications & Abstracts

Call for Participation - Critical Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure - Deadline: March 1, 2016

Call for Abstracts - 2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance - Deadline: March, 21, 2016

Call for Papers - Special Issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability - Deadline: March 25, 2016

Call for oral and poster abstracts - 3rd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting - Deadline: March 30, 2016

Call for Contributions for a Special Issue of Sustainability - "Urban Resilience and Urban Sustainability: From Research to Practice" - Deadline: May 31, 2016
Recent Publications
Li, Y.F., Zhang, X.X., Zhao, X.X., Ma., S.Q., Cao, H.H., & Cao, J.K. (2016). Assessing spatial vulnerability from rapid urbanization to inform coastal urban regional planning. Ocean & Coastal Management, 123, pp. 53-65. (Link)

McPhearson, T., Pickett, S.T.A., Grimm, N.B., Niemela, J., Alberti, M., Elmqvist, T., Weber, C., Haase, D., Brueste, & Qureshi, S. (2016). Advancing Urban Ecology towards a Science of Cities. BioScience, 10, pp. 1-15. (Link)

Shi, L., Chu, E., Anguelovski, I., Aylett, A., Debats, J., Goh, K., Schenk, T., Seto, K.C., Dodman, D., Roberts, D., Roberts, J.T., & VanDeveer, S.D. (2016). Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research. Nature Climate Change, 6, pp. 131-137.  (Link)

Simon, D. et al. (2015). Developing and testing the Urban Sustainable Development Goal's targets and indicators - a five-city study. Environment & Urbanization. (Link)

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