2022 Brazel Lecture – Cities and Climate Change

Our 2022 Anthony J. Brazel Urban Climate Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Karen Seto of Yale University. The event will begin with light snacks at 4:30pm in the Alumni Room of the Municipal Union on ASU’s Tempe campus. The lecture itself will begin at 5pm. An RSVP will be sent out to the campus community and our local partners and friends. The event will also be live-streamed at: http://live.asu.edu/

About the talk: The urban share of global GHG emissions is substantive and continues to increase. At the same time, cities are disproportionately affected by climate change due to their concentration of people, economic activities and assets.  This talk will discuss key findings from the recently approved 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC on how future climate change is likely to affect cities and how urban areas can contribute to solving the climate crisis.

About the speaker: Dr. Karen Seto is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at the Yale School of the Environment. She is an urban and land change scientist whose central research focus is how urbanization will affect the planet. A geographer by training, she integrates remote sensing, field interviews, and modeling methods to study urbanization and land change, forecast urban growth, and examine the environmental consequences of urban expansion.

Professor Seto is co-leading the urban mitigation chapter for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and co-lead the same chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. She has received numerous awards for her scientific contributions. She is the recipient of a NASA New Investigator Program Award, an NSF Career Award, and the Outstanding Contributions to Remote Sensing Research Award from the American Association of Geographers. She was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2009. She is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.