Urban Planning for a Changing Climate

Science in the News | Harvard University
Monday, April 23, 2018

SITN speaks with John Bolduc, the Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Professor Kerry Emanuel, Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, about what local communities are doing to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure.

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Amidst talk about the Paris climate accord and other multinational efforts to combat climate change, it’s easy to lose sight of the extensive efforts occurring at the city and state levels to plan for and preempt the effects of environmental changes. To celebrate Earth Day 2018, we’re taking a look at some of the strategies local communities are adopting to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure. Emanuel's segment begins around 14:45.

Guests on this episode:
John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge
Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT

Executive Producer: Amy Gilson
Assistant producer: Yang Tian
Correspondents: Sisi Hu, Illika Sahu, Tia Scarpelli, and Sam Wattrus
Editors: Amy Gilson, Teshika Jayewickreme, Stanely Gill, Yang Tian
Graphics: by Rebecca Clements


Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere, and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.

Emanuel received an S.B. degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a Ph.D. in Meteorology (1978) both from MIT. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences department of the University of California at Los Angeles where he remained for three years, with a brief hiatus filming tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas.

In 1981 he joined the faculty of the Department of Meteorology at MIT and was promoted to Full Professor in 1987 in what had since becomes the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). In 1989 he assumed directorship of EAPS Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, a post he held until 1997. Subsequently he chaired the EAPS Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate from 2009 to 2012. He is co-founder of the MIT Lorenz Center, a climate think tank which fosters creative approaches to learning how climate works.


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