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Patricia Romero-Lankao

Patricia Romero-Lankao

Senior Scientist, Research Applications Laboratory, Climate Science & Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Climate Science & Applicaitons Program, Research Applications Laboratory
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Titles

  • Senior Scientist, Research Applications Laboratory, Climate Science & Applications Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Biography

Patricia Romero Lankao is an “interdisciplinary sociologist” by training and has worked with scholars and decision makers at local, national and international scales. She has been a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and is currently leading the “Urban Futures” initiative there.

She is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of greenhouse gases, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk . She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts in the context of broader development concerns. Along with other scientists at NCAR and internationally, she is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by globalscale interdisciplinary research.

Patricia has participated in global and local endeavors promoted by IPCC, UNDP, IAI and UN-HABITAT. She was co-leading author to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and is currently convening author of IPCC: AR5, North American chapter. Although she was born in Mexico, she considers herself to be a citizen of the world and is passionately engaged in finding options to move humankind toward a more sustainable, resilient and fair future.

Journal Articles

2017

Romero-Lankao, P., P. T. McPhearson and D. J. Davidson. 2017. The food-energy-water nexus and urban complexity. Nature Climate Change 7(4):233-235. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3260. (link )

2015

Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, K. C. Seto, L. R. Hutyra, R. Duren, C. Kennedy, N. B. Grimm, J. R. Ehleringer, P. J. Marcotullio, S. Hughes, S. Pincetl, M. Chester, D. M. Runfola, J. Feddema and J. Sperling. 2015. Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale. Nature 525(10 September 2015):179-181. DOI: 10.1038/525179a. (link )

Solecki, W., K. C. Seto, D. Balk, A. Bigio, C. G. Boone, F. Creutzig, M. Fragkias, S. Lwasa, P. J. Marcotullio, P. Romero-Lankao and T. Zwickel. 2015. A conceptual framework for an urban areas typology to integrate climate change mitigation and adaptation. Urban Climates 14(Part 1):116-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.001. (link )

2014

Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, M. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling and E. Stokes. 2014. A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon. Earth's Future 2(10):515-532. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000258. (link )

2013

O'Brien, K., J. Reams, A. Caspan, A. Dugmore, M. Faghihimani, I. Fazey, H. Hackmann, D. Manuel-Navarrete, J. Marks, R. Miller, K. Raivio, P. Romero-Lankao, H. Virji, C. Vogel and V. Winiwarter. 2013. You say you want a revolution? Transforming education and capacity building in response to global change. Environmental Science & Policy 28(April):48-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.11.011. (link )

Books

2018

Elmqvist, T., X. Bai, N. Frantzeskaki, C. Griffith, D. Maddox, P. T. McPhearson, S. Parnell, P. Romero-Lankao, D. Simon and M. Watkins eds. 2018. Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.

Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal and S. A. Ibrahim. 2018. Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1316603338.

Book Chapters

2018

Bai, X., T. Elmqvist, N. Frantzeskaki, P. T. McPhearson, D. Simon, D. Maddox, M. Watkins, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Parnell, C. Griffith and D. Roberts. 2018. Synthesis: New integrated urban knowledge for the cities we want. Pp. 462 Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316647554.

Romero-Lankao, P., N. Frantzeskaki and C. Griffith. 2018. Sustainability transformation emerging from better governance. Pp. 263-280 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.

Romero-Lankao, P., O. Wilhelmi and M. Chester. 2018. Live with risk while reducing vulnerability. Pp. 92-112 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.

2013

Wilder, M. C., G. Garfin, P. Ganster, H. Eakin, P. Romero-Lankao, F. Lara-Valencia and F. Munoz-Arriola. 2013. Climate change and U.S. Mexico border communities. Pp. 340-384 In: Garfin, G., A. Jardine, R. Merideth, M. Black and S. LeRoy eds., Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. Island Press. Washington, DC.

Reports

2015

Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, T. Bowman and S. A. Ibrahim. 2015. ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders. Urban Climate Change Research Network. (link )

Report Chapters

2015

Chavez, A., H. Estiri, M. Pathak and R. Zimmerman. 2015. Chapter 12: Urban energy. Pp. 14-15 In: Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, T. Bowman and S. A. Ibrahim eds., ARC3.2 Summary for City Leaders. Urban Climate Change Research Network. New York, New York. (link )