Paper: Secondary Cities – Resilience Requires Data

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Paper authors Laura Cline
In panel on Urban Preparedness and Resilience
Paper presenter(s) will be presenting In-Person / Online


Rapidly growing secondary cities are an increasingly important part of today’s global urban landscape about which we have a limited understanding, due to the frequent lack of geographic data for the physical and human environments and their interconnections. To fill the knowledge gap, the US Department of State (DoS) launched the Secondary Cities (2C) Initiative in 2015 as a field-based effort focused on human geography data. Based on lessons learned from DoS’s GDEST 2008: Geospatial Sciences for Sustainable Development in Africa program, the World Bank GFDRR’s Open Cities Projects, and others, the 2C Initiative was developed to build local capacity in geospatial technologies to improve urban planning for resiliency and emergency preparedness, to encourage new local partnerships, and to discover, create, and share open data in under-resourced secondary cities. The 2C Initiative has 15 international city projects between the stages of development to completion. This paper presentation will present the lessons derived from prior urban and geospatial data for preparedness programs, initial challenges and findings from the 2C projects, and discuss best practices being developed and applied to understand the human geography of a secondary city. Presenter and co-author: Laura Cline. Co-author: Dr Melinda Laituri, Colorado State Univ.



Laura Cline
U.S. Department of State