global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START)
and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) announce
the Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions, and the
Global Carbon Cycle to be held at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado,
from 4–22 August, 2003.
This Institute, supported by the David and Lucille Packard
Foundation and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change
Research, will convene young natural and social scientists,
engineers, and urban planners to critically examine the most
environmentally significant interaction of cities with their
environments: their emissions of both long-lived greenhouse
gases and short-lived polluting gases and particulates.
It will seek to understand why cities differ in the volume
and contents of their emissions, even at the same standard
of living; how city form, infrastructure, and functioning
effect emissions; how the institutions and incentive/disincentive
systems that shape production and consumption systems operate;
which alternatives are feasible for reducing urban gases in
cities of particular climates, economies, and polities; and
how to make the transition to sustainable cities in the more
crowded, warmer world of the 21st century.
The Institute comprises three components: intensive training,
follow-on research, and a final workshop. This institute has
been endorsed by the Global Carbon Project and the Industrial