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Karen Seto

Karen Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor Geography and Urbanization Science and Senior Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Karen Seto is the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  She is an expert in urbanization and global change, urban mitigation of climate change, and satellite remote sensing. She has pioneered methods to reconstruct urban land-use dynamics with satellite data and to forecast the expansion of urban areas. She has conducted urbanization research in China for twenty years and in India for ten. She has served as one of the two Coordinating Lead Authors for the urban mitigation chapter of both the IPCC Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

I joined the McHarg Center Board because it is an exciting and much needed mechanism to bring together scholars and practitioners from a range of urban fields to forge new solutions for pressing urban issues of the 21st century.