Colloquium on Suburban Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We cordially invite everybody interested to our next open GIScience colloquium talk

The speaker is Dr. Jochen Albrecht
Professor for Computational and Theoretical Geography, Hunter College, City University of New York

When: Monday 29.04.2019, 2:15 pm

Where: INF 348, room 015 (Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University)

The Geography of Suburban Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The common assumption is that cities are the main producers of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Multiple publications by a research group that I am a member of have shown that cities, even when very generously defined as urbanized areas with a significant extent, produce only 33% to 40% of all GHG emissions. This begs the question where and by whom is the bulk of GHGs produced. It turns out that it is the suburbs that place the biggest burden on our planet’s sustainability and that cities are both on a per capita basis as well as in absolute terms rather efficient. Using the spatially disaggregated EDGAR dataset of the Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy), I present the results of a spatial analysis of some 20 different emission producers for a range of emission types, all aggregated to CO2-equivalents. The regional scale analysis shows that while the overall role of suburban rings is uncontentious, the actual culprits vary widely from region to region.

Dr. Albrecht is a professor for Computational and Theoretical Geography at Hunter College in New York City. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Auckland (NZ), Wisconsin, and Maryland. Jochen has published two books, 19 journal articles, and 13 other refereed publications. His current research focuses on (1) spatial regression modeling of drivers of global greenhouse gas emissions, (2) neighborhood-level behavioral modeling of environmental stressors in New York City, and (3) GIS portfolio management. Prof. Albrecht has served on the boards of several AAG specialty groups, URISA, and now the GIS Certification Institute. He has been the general editor of the URISA Journal and is now a section editor of the UCGIS Body of Knowledge. In 2018, Dr. Albrecht received the UCGIS Education Award.