Smart city initiatives enabled by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are deemed essential for helping cities to develop transformative solutions to address the challenges of global change and to create just, sustainable, and resilient communities. While a vast body of knowledge exists on the contributions of smart city projects to sustainability and quality of life, relatively little is known about their contributions to climate resilience and climate action planning. Accordingly, this workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from several countries around the world to share knowledge on the actual and/or potential contributions for smart city solutions to climate resilience. Climate resilience in this context contributes to achieving climate change adaptation as well as mitigation objectives.
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This 3-day workshop is consisted of sessions related to three main activities:
1. The first day is allocated to presentations by authors who have submitted their works to be considered for publication in a special issue of Environment and Planning B. Details about the special issue are available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/epb/collections/special-issues
2. On days 2 and 3 the participants will take part in interactive sessions focused on investigating the actual and potential contributions of smart cities to climate resilience. Scholars involved in a related project funded by The Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) (https://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/2114) will report their findings. In addition to presenting their case study research on contributions of smart city projects to resilience, participants will also collaborate on developing a smart city resilience assessment toolkit that can be used to examine actual and/or potential performance of selected cases across the world. Outputs will provide useful scientific and policy knowledge on how to integrate resilience thinking into smart city developments and will also include lessons that can be transferred to less developed countries in the region.
3. On day 3 a parallel session will be organized to discuss contributions of smart cities to urban climate change mitigation. The organizers are lead authors of the Six Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6). They will discuss the results of their analysis of the state of knowledge and synthesize the findings to be communicated to IPCC.