Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

Pam Pei-Chang Wen, Chung-hua institution for Economic Research, Taipei, Taiwan

I.C. Tsai & J.P. Chen, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Presentation Title: Using a systems approach to design a green transportation system for better urban health under climate change




The main focus was to present a cross-disciplinary integrated research framework for using a systems approach linking transportation, air quality (and climate) and urban health. Different green transportation alternatives have various degrees of transportation function. To tackle the challenge of complexity among different sectors, emphasis is placed on the feedback loops among green transportation, air quality, climate, and urban health, according to Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM). Accordingly, a conceptual tool kit was constructed to display the interrelationships among different sectors and was first utilized in Taiwan.

Key Lessons Learned

The systems approach is a key methodology that can be used in multidisciplinary works, such as linking the research of health-related issues to global environmental change studies and urban planning. The essential lesson learned from this work is to demonstrate the importance of using such a methodology to streamline modeling works in different disciplines at the research-planning stage. This approach can assist the successful delivery of research outcomes in each discipline as well as support an integrated research output useful for tackling challenges in urban planning.

Policy/Practice Implications of Research

  • It is important for policy-makers to visualize the potential benefits among different policy options before making decisions.
  • Decisionmakers can be better informed of the potential co-benefits of green transportation alternatives with respect to environmental impacts and health risks under current and future climate change scenarios.
  • Actions can be taken to formulate plans for future transportation infrastructure that would lead to better urban health under climate change.

Knowledge Gaps and Needs

  • More systems research is needed that connects different disciplines and makes links with decisionmaking processes.
  • Multidisciplinary research is challenging since different disciplines have their own jargon. Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM) has the potential to focus on the overlapping linkages among different disciplines with a common language; CCM should be further promoted, in order to facilitate trans-disciplinary research under Future Earth.


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