The Need for Urban-Resolving Climate Modeling Across Scales

Ashish Sharma, Donald J. Wuebbles, Rao Kotamarthi

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Increasing urbanization, evolving urban landscapes, and growing populations require an accurate representation of urban areas and urban processes at microscale, regional, and global scales and their feedback across the scales. Important urban processes should be represented in climate models, and current approaches used are discussed. We discuss strategies for urban-resolving climate research to capture the effect of climate on urban regions and the non-linear urban processes on climate. Advancing urban-resolving climate modeling will take us closer to capabilities that can truly capture relevant natural and human components.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2020AV000271
JournalAGU Advances
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Urban
  • numerical models
  • infrastructure
  • air quality
  • climate


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