Dr Galina Churkina

Dr Galina Churkina is a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and a visiting scientist at the Geography Department of Humboldt University in Berlin. The current focus of her research is on feedbacks between urbanisation and the atmosphere and their implications for society. She uses state-of-the-art computer models along with ground and satellite measurements to analyse these feedbacks. Galina holds a PhD from the School of Forestry, University of Montana, USA and a diploma in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia. For many years she worked as a senior scientist and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany. She was also a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA and at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA.

All articles by Dr Galina Churkina

 

Governing the Climate in Cities

Urban areas account for more than 70% of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. If the top 50 emitting cities were a single country, its emissions would rank third globally, behind China and the United States. In addition to playing a major role in rising atmospheric CO2 and global warming, cities are also heat islands....
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Choosing the Right Trees for Urban Greening

Many cities are currently creating more green spaces and planting trees. The growing momentum to increase the amount of green space in urban areas, seen, for example, in various ‘Million Tree’ campaigns, brings many benefits to urbanites. A reduction in summer temperatures, additional recreational opportunities, and storm-water control are among the motivations behind such programmes....
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