This workshop is supported through the U.S. Department of Energy in coordination with other U.S. agencies. This 2.5 day workshop will be held at Argonne National Laboratory in the Chicago area. The workshop is aimed at bringing together 60-70 experts in urban issues and models with ESM experts to examine how to move forward with better representation of urban processes and environs within the global models. Participation is by invitation only.
Cities and their associated urban areas have a much larger impact on the environment at both local and global scales than their spatial footprint on the Earth’s surface. More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas (80% in the United States). It is essential that numerical models used to study the physics, chemistry, and biology affecting the Earth system represent the effects of urban areas on climate and the effects of changing climate on urban areas. This international workshop is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of global Earth System models (ESMs) in representing the atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, unique aspects of the biosphere and landuse, and human dimensions in the urban environment. This workshop will bring together experts to develop a roadmap for a better representation of urban effects in ESMs.
Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. All workshop attendees must register and submit a mandatory visitor form to access the workshop. See the Travel Information page for information on the visitor form, lunches, travel support, and lodging options.
Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
Argonne's Environmental Science Division conducts research on environmental systems to understand how system components change as a result of energy activities, emerging technologies, and federal policies and programs.