ISOCARP Institute together with the Middle East Cities Centre at the American University in Dubai will organize on the 22nd of June 2021 the UTC on Climate Adaptation in Hot Cities, focusing on the MENA region. According to the latest IPCC simulations, the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has been identified as a hotspot for future temperature changes due to its arid environmental conditions. Heat extremes are expected to increase significantly in both frequency and intensity across the MENA region. Heatwaves will occur for 80 days of the year by 2050 and 118 days of the year by 2100. Combined with increased sandstorms associated with longer drought periods, predicted temperature rises would make large parts of the region uninhabitable.
Hot cities in the MENA region - with a reference to Dubai - are a current trend which will be highlighted and discussed during the UTC. At the same time we would like to expand the discussion on what other trends related to the Hot Cities trends are emerging? Among the main trends that we would like to touch upon and discuss possible solutions are: water scarcity, biodiversity loss, sea level rise, loss of coastal defence and storm surges.
We invite all interested participants to join our UTC and bring your forward thinking ideas to such an important issue for the future of humanity.