Spatial Analysis of Climate Change Effects on Urbanized Delta Territories as a Tool for Planning: The Case of the Lower Parana Delta

By Veronica M.E. Zagare.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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This paper presents the spatial implication of climate change-related variables and the role of the representation and analysis of the data as a tool for the development of planning policies in urbanized deltas. The presentation illustrates some partial and preliminary results of a broader investigation regarding socio-economic variables too, in order to analyze the spatial impact of changes in deltaic systems. In the deltas’ territories, a complex relation between urban patterns and the natural environment takes place. In order to reach successful adaptation policies regarding climate change and urban growth, it is necessary to implement new methodologies to take into account the spatial impacts of each driver and prepare for possible future scenarios. The study is based on the territory of the Lower Parana Delta and the coast of Buenos Aires province, which are complex lands that are very vulnerable to extreme climate events. Specifically, the case study is the coastal Municipality of Tigre, which is being rapidly transformed by natural and urban drivers and suffers the pressures of the demographic growth of Buenos Aires’s Metropolitan Area and the deep consequences of climate events.

Keywords: Climate Change Effects, Spatial Implications, Urbanized Deltas, Planning Policies, Urban Planning and Design

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.19-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.748MB).

MSc. Veronica M.E. Zagare

PhD Candidate and External Researcher., Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verónica Zagare is an Architect. She graduated cum laude from the University of Belgrano, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2000. She has recently finished her Masters in Urban Economics at the Di Tella University, in Buenos Aires (scholarship winner) and also attended a Specialization of Histories of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires (scholarship winner). She is conducting her PhD at the Department of Urbanism, at the Architecture Faculty of Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). Her research addresses the development of planning instruments to deal with natural territories, growing urban processes, socio-economic events and climate change. She focuses her investigation on coastal areas, studying the case of the Paraná Delta (Argentina). She is currently a researcher at the Instituto Superior de Urbanismo of the University of Buenos Aires.

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