New technologies for urban safety in Asian mega-cities

Event
  • DATE / TIME :
    2011•10•12 - 2011•10•14
    Location :
    Chiang Mai

    This symposium provides a forum for decision makers and researchers to share expertise on urban infrastructure and new technologies for environmental management and disaster reduction and recovery.

    The 10th International Symposium on “New Technologies for Urban Safety in Mega Cities in Asia” will be organized from 12 to 14 October in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chulalongkorn University and the University of Tokyo, and co-organized by UNU-ISP.

    The symposium will provide a forum for decision makers and researchers to share expertise on both urban infrastructure and new technologies for environmental management and disaster reduction and recovery.

    Half the world’s population live in ‘mega’ cities

    Over half of the world′s population is concentrated in urban areas covering just 4 per cent of the world’s surface. Mega cities (cities with populations greater than 10 million) are characterized by a high population density, tremendous pressure on supporting infrastructure and an increasing susceptibility to lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Both rapid urbanization and economic development are distinctive features in Asia, along with the tremendous population growth. It is estimated that by 2015, more than half of the world’s mega cities will be in Asia. Phenomenal growth is already underway.

    Recent developments have focused on devising new methodologies for management of urban assets and infrastructure to mitigate damage during disasters such as earthquakes, floods and terrorism. Given the critical situation in Asia, increased effort to learn from these developments and provide a safer environment is vital. This can only be achieved through multi-stakeholder cooperation, involving researchers, engineering practitioners, emergency management professionals and policy makers.

    This symposium seeks to bring together expertise in urban infrastructure design, construction and urban maintenance, with researchers and practitioners engaged in the development of new environmental management technologies. Specific focal topics will include disaster response and recovery; risk assessment, prediction and early warning; decision-making technologies; planning and development of urban infrastructure systems; life-cycle management of infrastructure systems; climate change mitigation and adaptation; development and application of sustainable technologies; and application of geospatial technologies.

    For more information, see the event page on the UNU-ISP website.