Patricia Romero-Lankao


Patricia Romero-Lankao

Climate Science and Applications Program RAL/ISP
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000
Boulder, Colorado USA 80307
Tel: +1 303-497- 8104
Fax: +1 303-497-8401


Patricia Romero-Lankao is an “interdisciplinary sociologist” by training and has worked with scholars and decision makers at local, national and international scales. She has been a research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch (NCAR) and is currently leading the “Urban Futures” initiative there.

She is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of greenhouse gases, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk . She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts in the context of broader development concerns. Along with other scientists at NCAR and internationally, she is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by global-scale interdisciplinary research.

Selected Publications

Romero-Lankao, P., Hughes, S., Qin, H., Hardoy, J., Rosas-Huerta, A., Borquez, R., & Lampis, A. (2014). Scale, urban risk and adaptation capacity in neighborhoods of Latin American cities. Habitat International, 42, pp. 224-235. doi:

Garschagen, M. & Romero-Lankao, P. (2015). Exploring the relationships between urbanization trends and climate change vulnerability. Climatic Change, 133(1), pp. 37 – 52. doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-0812-6

Gurney, K.R., Romero-Lankao, P., Seto, K.C., Hutyra, L.R., Duren, R., Kennedy, C., Grimm, N.B., Ehleringer, J.R., Marcotullio, P., Hughes, S., Pincetl, S., Chester, M.V., Runfola, D.M., Fedderma, J.J., & Sperling, J. (2015). Track urban emissions on a human scale. Nature, 525(7568), pp. 179 – 181.  doi: 10.1038/525179a

Rosenzweig, C., Solecki, W., Romero-Lankao, P., Dhakal, S., Bowman, T., & Ali Ibrahim, S. (2015). ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders. New York: Urban Climate Change Research Network. Retrieved from: 

Solecki, W., Seto, K.C., Balk, D., Bigio, A., Boone, C.G., Creutzig, F., Fragkias, M., Lwasa, S., Marcotullio, P.,Romero-Lankao, P., & Zwickel, T. (2015). A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation, Urban Climate, 14, pp. 116-137.

Romero-Lankao, P. & Gnatz, D. (2016). Urbanization, vulnerability and risk. In K.C. Seto, W.D. Solecki, &C.A. Griffith (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (pp. 213 – 228). London: Routledge.