[F&ES 976] / 2017-2018

Cities in Hot Water: Urban Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Credits: 3



This capstone class works in partnership with the City of New Haven to analyze and make recommendations for how city planners and engineers should cope with heat stress and extreme rainfalls in current and future climate conditions. Higher temperatures and larger rainfall variability are the two most severe climate stresses predicted to impact the Northeastern part of the United States. The situation is worsened in urban centers owing to the urban heat island effect and concentrated stormwater runoff. Students are divided into teams, with each team consisting of members with complementary skills. Each team works closely with city partners, as well as staff in the Yale Office of Sustainability, the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement in the School of Public Health, and the Urban Resources Initiative in F&ES. Specific tasks include inventorying the efforts already under way in New Haven to prepare for changes in climate; reviewing existing urban climate strategies in major cities around the world; quantifying the likely range of severity of future climate stresses in the New Haven region; and identifying the impacts of these stressors on the lives of local residents. The final deliverables are designed to be helpful to the climate-related planning by the City of New Haven.Students may also have the opportunity to participate in field implementation of one or more mitigation actions. Assessment of student performance is based on class participation, class presentations, writing assignments, client feedback, and peer evaluations. Enrollment limited to twenty.

Limited to 20