1. What is Driving Urban Land Expansion?

    Considerable research has been conducted on the growth of urban population, but very little is known about why urban land areas expand. In a recent paper, a YSE-led research team investigated the role of population and economic growth in affecting urban land expansion for more than 300 cities.
  2. Protecting Our Urban Parks from the Impacts of Climate Change

    The Yale School of the Environment is partnering with the Central Park Conservancy and the Natural Areas Conservancy in a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at helping cities develop strategies to manage and mitigate the impacts of climate change on urban parks.
  3. Ride On: Rock to Rock Goes Virtual

    The annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride — which has raised more than $1 million for environmental groups such as the F&ES-based Urban Resources Initiative (URI) over the past decade — will go virtual this year due to social distancing requirements. URI’s Anna Pickett, a longtime organizer of the event, explains what that means.
  4. Can Science Keep Up with Growth of The World’s ‘Mega-Urban’ Areas?

    In a Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, edited by Yale Professor Karen C. Seto, some of the field’s leading thinkers examine the growing implications of global urbanization trends, including their impacts on resource use, potential environmental tradeoffs, and human wellbeing.
  5. Pedal Power

    A group of Yale professors are using bicycles to measure heat stress in New Haven.
  6. Himalaya Study Eyes How Urban Shifts Affect Land Uses and Natural Disasters

    In a new study, Yale researchers will use remote sensing data to assess changes in urban settlements across the Himalayan region — and how those shifts have affected land use, the frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, and just how sensitive the region’s socio-economic systems are to these stressors.