Lately, the weather seems to have become more extreme: heavy rainfall, long periods of drought, highly fluctuating temperatures and very strong winds. This happens not only in countries like Bangladesh or Australia, but everywhere - also in the Netherlands. This extreme weather is attributed to climate change.
Cities are the areas where most people live and work. They’re dynamic systems, vulnerable to the effects of climate change: flooding, heat and drought. To keep cities habitable and safeguarded from ailments and social disruption, the spatial structure of public spaces, of water systems and of houses and buildings must be adapted.
Peter Bosch* is project manager at TNO. Between 2010 and 2015 he was scientific coordinator of the Climate Proof Cities project, a large scale research project in The Netherlands aimed at generating knowledge for preparing Dutch cities for the impacts of climate Change. He is now coordinator of the H2020 project Resilient Cities and Infrastructure on standardizing adaptation strategies for European cities. Peter Bosch discusses how the effects of climate change threaten cities and what possible measures we could take to make cities climate proof.
* Peter Bosch will give this lecture instead of his colleague Ronald Albers who was previously announced.
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