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Teale: Hotter, Wetter, Drier: Contemporary Urbanization and Challenges for Sustainability

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center Konover Auditorium

Hotter, Wetter, Drier: Contemporary Urbanization and Challenges for Sustainability

Karen C. Seto, PhD, Yale University

4:00pm – 5:00pm Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium

Please join us for the final Teale Lecture of 2019 featuring Dr. Karen C. Seto.

Karen Seto is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary urbanization and global change. At Yale University, she is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

By bringing multiple disciplines together, her work has generated new insights on the interaction between urbanization and food systems, the effects of urban expansion on biodiversity and cropland loss, urban energy use and emissions, and urban mitigation of climate change. She is a specialist in contemporary urbanization in China and India, and her research is notable for its systematic use of big data and a scientific lens to study urbanization as a process and to understand the aggregate global impacts of urbanization.

A geographer by training, Seto integrates remote sensing, field interviews, and modeling methods to study urbanization and land change, forecast urban growth, and examine the environmental consequences of urban expansion. She earned an MA in International Relations & Resource and Environmental Management and PhD in Geography from Boston University. Seto has served on numerous national and international scientific bodies. She is co-leading the urban mitigation chapter for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report and co-lead the same chapter for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. She co-founded and for ten years co-chaired an international science program, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC), which framed, enabled, and coordinated urban environmental research with more than 1,000 affiliates across over 50 countries. She has served on numerous U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Committees, including the NRC Committee to the Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the NRC Committee on Pathways to Urban Sustainability.

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