The geography of urban greenhouse gas emissions in Asia: A regional analysis

Marcotullio, P.J., Sarzynski, A., Albrecht, J., & Schulz, N.B. (2012). The geography of urban greenhouse gas emissions in Asia: A regional analysis. Global Environmental Change 22 (4) 944-958. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2012.07.002.

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This paper aims to advance two objectives: (1) identify and explore greenhouse gas emissions from urban areas in Asia at the regional level; and (2) explore covariates of urban greenhouse gas emissions. We use the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research estimates for carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and sulfur hexafluoride from 14 source activities for the year 2000, which are allocated on a 1/10 degrees global grid. We extract emissions for 3535 urban extents all with populations over 50,000, accounting for approximately 91% of the region's urban population. We use regression analysis to associate emissions with urban area and growth, economic, and biophysical characteristics. Our finding suggest that urban areas account for between 30 and 38% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissons for the region and that emission per capita averages from urban areas are lower than these at the national level. Important covariates for total urban greenhouse gas emissions include population size, density and growth rate, income per capita, development status and elevation. This is a first and preliminary assessment of regional baseline trends using these data and this top-down analysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban; Asia; Greenhouse gas emissions; EDGAR
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Global Environmental Change; 22(4):944-958 (October 2012) (Published online 9 August 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:39

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