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Urban Climates in Latin America

  • Cristián Henríquez
  • Hugo Romero

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Cristián Henríquez, Hugo Romero
    Pages 1-14
  3. Urban Heat Islands, Local Climate Zones, and Thermal Comfort

  4. Air Pollution and Urban Climates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Héctor Jorquera, Lupita D. Montoya, Nestor Y. Rojas
      Pages 137-165
    3. Margarita Préndez, Mauricio Araya, Carla Criollo, Claudia Egas, Iván Farías, Raúl Fuentealba et al.
      Pages 167-206
  5. Climate Disasters, Health, and Urban Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Nubia Beray Armond, João Lima Sant’Anna Neto
      Pages 259-280
    3. Cristián Henríquez, Jorge Qüense, Claudia Villarroel, Cindy Mallea
      Pages 281-308
    4. Wilson Roseghini, Francisco Mendonça, Pietro Ceccato
      Pages 309-328
    5. Alexis Vásquez, Emanuel Giannotti, Elizabeth Galdámez, Paola Velásquez, Carolina Devoto
      Pages 329-354
    6. Adriana Goñi Mazzitelli, Ingrid Roche, Pablo Sierra, Isabel Gadino
      Pages 355-377
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-409

About this book


This book describes the observation of urban climates in Latin-American and their relationships with urban sprawl, the economic emergence of Latin American countries, social segregation, urban ecology, disasters and resilience. The chapters include contributions dealing with urban heat islands, local climate zones, thermal comfort, air pollution, extreme climate index, green infrastructure, health issues and adaptions based on the socio-economic background of urban areas.

This book revises the role of urban planning and environmental governance, highlighting the singularities in climate adaptation policies in developing countries.


Urban climate and climate change Adaptation and urban planning Risk and resilient cities Latin-America and urban climate Urban resilience in Latin-American cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristián Henríquez
    • 1
  • Hugo Romero
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Geografía, Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable (CEDEUS) and Centro de Cambio Global UCPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Departamento de GeografíaUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile

About the editors

Cristián Henríquez is a Geographer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, PhD in Environmental Science from the EULA-Center, University of Concepción, and hold a Municipal Environmental Management Certificate. He is currently the Academic Secretary of the School of History, Geography and Political Science. Associate Professor in the Institute of Geography, associate researcher of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS), Local Development Center (CEDEL), Environmental Advisory Group (GAMA UC) and Center for Global Change (CCG) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been the Head of the Physical Geography Department from 2013 to 2016 and member of the Study Group about Architecture, Geography, Urbanism and Arts of the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, FONDECYT (2012-2015). His research lines of interest are environmental geography with a focus on urban planning and sustainability, mid-sized cities, land-use simulation, urban climatology, and natural risks. He has been consultant and advisor in several studies and projects related to urban planning, climate adaptation, environmental assessment and local environmental management.

Hugo Romero-Aravena graduated like Teacher of Geography in Universidad de Chile, received a Master of Sciences in Land Resources Management in Cranfield University (UK) and a PhD in Geography in Zaragoza University (Spain). He is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and Visiting Professor in Brazilian Federal universities of Paraná (Curitiba), El Dorado (Southern Mato Grosso) and Mato Grosso (Cuiaba), Poitiers (France), and Pontificia Universidad Católica Bolivariana (Medellín, Colombia). He has been Head of the Department of Geography, Graduated School and Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Universidad de Chile. Between 2011 and 2014 directed a multidisciplinary research center about Vulnerability and Socionatural Disasters. His research topic is Regional and Urban Sustainable Development. He received the Geography National Award in 2013 and currently is the President of the Chilean Geographical Society (SOCHIGEO). He is member of the core board of the International Research Institute for Disaster in Tohoku University (Japan).

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