Modeling Causes and Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Emission in a City

Global warming is one of the most significant issues that humans face in today’s world. Even small changes in the earth’s average temperatures can increase severe weather events such as storms, floods and droughts, change in ecosystem, adverse impact on health and lives of human and other species. Global warming is caused by increasing concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in atmosphere, and cities are major contributors of greenhouse gas emission. All cities have a responsibility and a role to play in controlling the GHG emission, confronting climate change and its potential impacts. We develop a system dynamics model that can help cities better understand the causes and impacts of GHG emission within various subsystems of cities, and formulate and test effective policies for controlling the GHG emission.

By: Young M. Lee

Published in: RC24962 in 2010


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