Global Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Yangtze Delta, China: Impacts and Responses

Principal Investigators Dr. Xiangrong Wang, Director of the Centre for Urban Eco Planning & Design in the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan University
Funding Source forthcoming

Urban growth in China is a complicated process involving the spatial-temporal changes of all socio-economic and physical components at different scales. Usually, urban growth is dependent on the socio-economic variables (e.g. per capita income, GDP, urbanization level, population migration, infrastructure, traffic, industrial structure and layout etc.) and the spatial variables (e.g. locality, historical land use patterns, land suitability factors, etc.); however, the impact of climate change has crucial limitations that we must address. The key variables should be understood in the context of impacts, influence and feedback between climate change and urban growth.

Urban growth can respond to climate change by adapting to its impacts and reducing associated vulnerability in the short and long term. Responding to climate change involves an iterative risk management process that includes both adaptation and mitigation and takes into account climate change damages, co-benefits, sustainability, equity and attitudes towards risk. This research will provide a wide variety of planning and management policies as well as instruments for government on urban growth involving mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

This research project has three parts. The first will be to evaluate and analyze the impacts of climate change on urban growth in Yangtze Delta, China (by taking Shanghai as an example); (2) provide the countermeasures to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change on urban growth in China; and (3) establish a GIS-based information system to manage and store data on climate change and urban growth.