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Climate Change: A Social Perspective

Presenter: Paty Romero-Lankao
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014

NCAR social scientist Paty Romero-Lankao served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Romero-Lankao captures the essence of the IPCC Working Group II's findings from their report, "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability." It focuses on the potential impacts of climate change and how society can try to adapt.

Romero Lankao is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies the causes and societal impacts of climate change, especially as applied to urban areas. Her work explores the dynamics of urbanization – such as demographics, density, and urban planning – that shape urban emissions, environmental risk, and the vulnerability of populations. Her research includes examining why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their resilience to heat waves, flooding, and other impacts.

Topics:Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Policy and Society
Audience:General public, Informal education, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional


Production and Editing: Steve Deyo, COMET, and Teri Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education