CCity – Palestra: Climate Injustices in Latin America. Evidences and Challenges


Urban climatology has been studied along Chile, considering cities located in arid, semiarid, mediterranean types and temperate climates, mainly mapping Local Climate Zones at Urban Bounday Layer and comparing socially contrasted areas at Urban Canopy Layer. Social climatic segregation appears at all the researched scales, showing a relevant lack of environmental and climatic justice that could be observed in the surface and air temperaturas, ventilation and air pollution and in the occurrence of socio-natural hazards like floods, woodfires, and the spatial concentration of air pollutants and illness. Heat islands, corridors, waves and hotpots are spatially related with socioeconomic distribution inside the city and, in turn, with some environmental features like vegetation covers. Effects on health have been studied considering he apearance and seasonal spatial distribution of COVID 19 contagious and deaths. Oustanding social differences in environmental perception of the population has been assessed from a sample of school children attending to a selected neighborhood of Santiago de Chile. Challenges to understand and manage climate injustices include the scholar development of climate urbanism, climate justice and inclusive greening among several emergent disciplines.

Prof. Dr. Hugo Romero
Dep. Geografía; Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile

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