A talk on the rapid urbanization of Asia and what it means for sustainable development there will take place Wednesday, Sept. 19, at noon in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES seminar series.
Karen Seto, an expert in that region and associate professor in urban environment, will discuss “Rethinking Sustainability in the Era of Urbanization: Lessons from India and China.” The talk is free and open to the public.
Over the next four decades, the urban population in China and India is expected to increase by a combined 900 million people and will coincide with a boom in urban land cover and infrastructure development that is unprecedented in history. Seto will examine the underlying drivers of urbanization and the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in these two countries.
A geographer by training, Seto studies the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change and sustainability. She is an expert in satellite remote-sensing analysis, and has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land use.
In addition, she is a coordinating lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and for the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity’s Cities and Biodiversity Outlook. She serves on a number of national science advisory committees, including the National Research Council’s Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Committee on Needs and Requirements for Land-Change Modeling.