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Updated - 7/28/03

The 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 Transformation Project.

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