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The use of urban climatology in local climate change strategies: a comparative perspective

Webb, Brian ORCID: 2017. The use of urban climatology in local climate change strategies: a comparative perspective. International Planning Studies 22 (2) , pp. 68-84. 10.1080/13563475.2016.1169916

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This paper discusses the extent to which the science of urban climatology has informed local climate change strategies in four city case studies – Stuttgart, Tokyo, New York City, and Manchester. The paper draws on historical and contemporary policy documents along with sixty interviews with practitioners, city officials, politicians and academics in order to understand the use or non-use of urban climatology science in local climate change strategies. It explores the historic successes and failures of urban climate management of the cities and how the impact of global climate change and perception of risk, local competency and capacity, national programmes, and the involvement of cities in networks influences the application, stabilization and institutionalization of urban climatology into climate change strategies. It concludes by highlighting the high levels of variability present and potential reasons for local policy engagement or non-engagement in the use of urban climatology science.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1356-3475
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:07

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