Cities and short-lived climate forcers:

complexity, challenges, and opportunities


Cities contribute ca. 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions and are also vulnerable to climate change impacts. Cities are increasingly acknowledged as relevant spaces for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Thus, the summer school 2022 aims to provide interdisciplinary training on anthropogenic climate change, focusing on cities, their climate vulnerabilities, mitigation pathways emphasizing short-lived climate forcers (SLCF), and adaptation strategies.
We will consider the challenges and opportunities posed by cities understood as complex systems, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). We will revise the fate of SLCF and precursors from origin to impact, including societal dimensions. Using urban scenarios of South America, we will delve into the challenges associated with mobility, energy choices, urban vulnerabilities, and climate and air quality governance. Hands-on activities will include remote sensing, long-term trend analysis, and data science-based regional interdisciplinary case studies.

Target audience & requirements

The summer school encourages the participation of early-career scientists from both natural and social sciences (e.g., Ph.D. students, postdocs). However, young researchers and professionals are also welcome. Skills in data analysis are a requisite, as well as disposition to collaborate in diverse settings.
The summer school’s official language will be Spanish. However, intermediate to high English proficiency level is needed to attend key lectures and readings. No translation will be provided.
Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 people, taking into consideration gender, background, and regional representation. The participant selection will also consider curriculum, publication record, motivation, and research trajectory related to the Summer School theme.


The (CR)2 summer school will be conducted online due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.


The registration fee is US$50


One and a half week learning with world-class experts on climate change,
in an innovative and interdisciplinary summer school.
Programme length: 27 hours in total

Deadlines 2021



Deadline for applications



Successful applicants will be notified




The web payment system will be available once applicants are selected.


The (CR)2 Summer School is organized and supported by:

Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
University of Chile
Blanco Encalada 2002, Santiago, Chile