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GCP-WUDAPT Workshop on Global Urban Carbon Mapping

Date: June 13, 2016

A new three-day workshop in Thun, Switzerland, will explore strategies for developing a database on to map carbon emissions in cities around the world – an important tool for helping urban areas to plan and put in place strategies for lowering their emissions. The event is organised by the Global Carbon Project (GCP)-Tsukuba International Office and the World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT). It is a side event of a meeting of the Future Earth Science and Engagement Committees in Thun, Switzerland, and is designed to contribute to the emerging Future Earth Cities Knowledge-Action Network.

The workshop will run from 29 June to 1 July in Thun. Organisers have released a full programme for the event, which you can read here.

In their programme, the organisers write:

The main objective of the workshop is to discuss strategies for creating a platform for gathering quantitative and qualitative data at various urban scales, ranging from individual buildings, to neighborhoods, and municipalities. Special focus will be on mapping carbon emissions. Better understanding of emission patterns is essential for developing action plans for low carbon development and tracking their achievement. Such data are also essential for assessment purposes and for developing future scenarios.

The workshop will build off of the efforts of The Global Carbon Atlas, a mapping and data effort led by the GCP.