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Mobile Phone Data for Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Reviewing Applications, Opportunities and Key Challenges

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Geography Department, University of Namur, Rue de Bruxelles, 61, 5000 Namur, Belgium
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Dalberg Data Insights, Place du Champ de Mars 5, 1050 Brussel, Belgium
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Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton, University Road, Building 44, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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The Flowminder Foundation, Roslagsgatan 17, SE-11355 Stockholm, Sweden
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1501; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041501
Received: 11 December 2019 / Revised: 31 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 18 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Risk and Vulnerability Mapping)
Climate change places cities at increasing risk and poses a serious challenge for adaptation. As a response, novel sources of data combined with data-driven logics and advanced spatial modelling techniques have the potential for transformative change in the role of information in urban planning. However, little practical guidance exists on the potential opportunities offered by mobile phone data for enhancing adaptive capacities in urban areas. Building upon a review of spatial studies mobilizing mobile phone data, this paper explores the opportunities offered by such digital information for providing spatially-explicit assessments of urban vulnerability, and shows the ways these can help developing more dynamic strategies and tools for urban planning and disaster risk management. Finally, building upon the limitations of mobile phone data analysis, it discusses the key urban governance challenges that need to be addressed for supporting the emergence of transformative change in current planning frameworks. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile phone data; adaptation; vulnerability; urban planning; climate change; disaster risk management; governance mobile phone data; adaptation; vulnerability; urban planning; climate change; disaster risk management; governance
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Dujardin, S.; Jacques, D.; Steele, J.; Linard, C. Mobile Phone Data for Urban Climate Change Adaptation: Reviewing Applications, Opportunities and Key Challenges. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1501.

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