55 Plus Lecture: Urbanization in the 21st century: how to build resilient, sustainable, equitable an


10/18/2018
Date:  October 18, 2018
Topic:  Urbanization in the 21st century: how to build resilient, sustainable, equitable and livable cities
Speaker:  Elie Bou-Zeid, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University

By 2050, the world's urban population will increase by about 70% and the total urbanized land surface area will almost double.  This rapid change in land use will result in large and very manifest impacts on the hydrology, climate, and other environmental attributes in as well as around cities.  These changes will interact with the large, global changes induced by increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Concurrently, the use of resources such as energy and water will become almost completely dominated by urban areas.  As a result, our impact on the planet as well as its impact on our well-being will mainly be centered in urban areas.  In this talk, we will overview some of these challenges, the barriers that we face when trying to solve them, and the latest opportunities and efforts aiming to overcome them. 

Elie Bou-Zeid is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, which he joined in 2008.  He obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  His broad research interests are in developing a fundamental understanding and better predictive tools for flow, and energy and mass transport in the environment, particularly at the interface between the lower atmosphere and the built surfaces.