Abu Dhabi Efforts In Facing Global Warming Challenges Through Urban Planning
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M. Alameri & G. Wagle
During the past few decades there has been a growing interest from governments, politicians, decision makers, urban planners and engineers to create sustainable communities planned as ideal built environments that provide communities with the highest quality of life style and standards with the lowest carbon footprint within a feasibly economic envelope. This interest is stirred from the recognition of the world’s resources decreasing in a way that the supplies do not match the demand as populations grow and industry spreads. Recent studies are referring to sustainable cities holding the key to climate change. The first of these developments or cities will be a catalyst for future change in understanding the creative science of urban planning. We acknowledge that cities are the outputs of political, economic, geographic and climatic, social and culture inputs. The answers revealed from building sustainable developments such as Masdar city in Abu Dhabi will be the data for forming the basis of future government policies for all developments in the region with similar circumstances and climate and social conditions. Keywords: global warming, climate change, temperatures, urban planning, sustainable developments. 1 Introduction This paper explains how the Masdar Initiative has been conceptualized to be the test bed for technological advancements and setting the standards for sustainable urbanism. The Masdar City development is aimed at demonstrating the principles of sustainable development and shows how an integrated approach to master planning, transportation and infrastructure planning can produce a
global warming, climate change, temperatures, urban planning, sustainable developments.