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Sustainable Urban Development Workshop Report:
Published as a NASA Conference Proceeding (CP-2009-214603) Held January 9-10, 2009 at Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

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Sustainable Urban Development: Facing the Challenges in the San Francisco Bay Region With Support from the NASA Ames Research Center January 9-10, 2009:


Bay Area leaders face significant challenges in their efforts to steer the development of and manage the region's urban environments in a sustainable manner. This workshop focuses on those challenges with the explicit goal of exploring how NASA Ames' scientific research and technology development activities can best support those efforts.

The key workshop goal is to explore and document how NASA technologies, such as remote sensing, climate modeling, high end computing and visualization along with NASA assets such as Earth Observing Satellites and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can contribute to creating and managing a sustainable urban environment. This will be accomplished by bringing together NASA scientists, city planners, local, state and federal resource agencies, utilities, businesses, and others who are involved in managing aspects of the urban environment. The focus will be on the greater Bay Area, but many aspects of the workshop will be applicable to urban management at the local, regional and global scales.

We are eliciting two general types of contributed talks-

(1) Presentations by subject matter experts that illustrate some unique aspect of NASA's capability in contributing to urban management.

(2) Presentations by those involved in some aspect of urban management that can address high priority sustainability issues facing the Bay area in the next 10-20 years.

There will be ample time for discussion. We are hopeful that the workshop will help NASA better understand the problems facing urban management, as well as make the Bay Area more aware of NASA's capabilities. We hope that by bringing the right members of these two groups together we may see the beginnings of new collaborations between NASA and a new user population.

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Last Updated: March 30, 2009
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