Building Resilient Cities: Climate Change and Health Interlinkages in the Planning of Public Spaces

Eleonora Orsetti*, Nicola Tollin, Martin Lehmann, Vanessa Agudelo Valderrama, Jordi Morató

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Greenhouse gases emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels are worsening air quality and affecting the climate system. While climate change impacts on meteorological variables affects air quality by altering the concentration and distribution of pollutants, air pollution significantly influences the climate, leading to negative impacts on human health. Due to the combination of high temperatures, air pollution, and high population density, cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The planning and design of public spaces aimed at climate change mitigation and adaptation can result in multiple co-benefits for human health, while reducing social inequalities. To address the major research gaps in the communication between health and planning experts, and the lack of capacity among public sectors and policy makers, it is necessary to promote capacity building and knowledge sharing between the planning and health sectors. The purpose of this article is to develop preliminary recommendations for a process that allows a comprehensive assessment of the interlinkages between climate and health, social, environmental, and economic vulnerabilities, and the quality of the urban spaces, to support local governments, policymakers, and education institutions in making informed decisions for public spaces. The methods applied were a literature review and interviews with experts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1355
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number3
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 1. Feb 2022


  • City
  • Climate change
  • Health
  • Inequality
  • Public space
  • Urban resilience
  • Vulnerability


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