Patricia RomeroLankao

Research Scientist

Dr. Paty Romero-Lankao is an "interdisciplinary sociologist" by training.  She has been a research Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Reasearch (NCAR) and is currently leading the "Urban Futures" initiative there (  Paty is acutely aware that cities are key players in the climate arena as emitters of GHG, vulnerability hotspots and crucibles of innovation, and her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and urban systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk . She has also done research on why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their response capacity (resilience) to environmental impacts. Along with other scientists, she is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by global-scale interdisciplinary research.

In addition to her research work, she has participated in global and local endeavors promoted by IPCC, UNDP, IAI and UN-HABITAT. She was co-leading author to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and is currently convening author of IPCC: AR5, North American chapter. Although she was born in Mexico, she considers herself to be a citizen of the world.  She cares deeply about her family and friends, but she is also passionately engaged in finding options to move humankind toward a more sustainable and fair future.

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Urban Health Risks


We explored whether the health risks related to air pollution and temperature extremes are spatially and socioeconomically differentiated within three Latin American cities: Bogota,...

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