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2003-33 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2003

Urban Emissions Focus of NCAR Institute


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications

Robert Harriss
NCAR Environmental and Societal Impacts Group

BOULDER—An international group of young engineers, urban planners, and social and natural scientists has arrived at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to study the environmental effects of urban air pollution. As participants in the Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emission, and the Global Carbon Cycle, they are scrutinizing the role of emissions in the crowded, warmer world of the 21st century.

"Participants will form an international network dedicated to finding sustainable improvements in urban environments around the world," says Robert Harriss of NCAR, codirector of the institute, which ends August 22. "The institute will make an important contribution to building an understanding of links between local actions and global environmental change."

The group will examine the following topics:

  • urban emissions of both long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived polluting gases
  • the effect of a city's form and infrastructure on emissions
  • reasons why cities differ in the volume and contents of their emissions, even when they have the same standard of living
  • institutions that shape production and consumption in cities
  • methods for reducing emissions in cities of particular climates, economies, and political systems
  • making a transition to more sustainable cities
The institute is cosponsored by the National Science Foundation through the NSF's support for NCAR. Other sponsors are the SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START), the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research. Over a dozen scientists and researchers from around the world will help lead the institute.

Nineteen institute participants were chosen from a large pool of international applicants. Some are pursuing doctoral degrees while others are in the early and middle stages of academic and research careers. The institute includes a grant program that will allow participants to apply new concepts and methods to their ongoing research projects.

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