Metabolism of Cities Living Lab (MOC-LLab)

For vulnerable populations in southern California, such as children, low-income people, people with disabilities, migrants, pregnant people and minorities, the health effects of climate change-related extreme weather events can be especially devastating during times of COVID. Such populations may be more susceptible to disease, have preexisting health conditions or live in areas that do not promote good health, well-being, access to services/resources, education, technologies, or infrastructure. To address these challenges we will establish a team of international interdisciplinary professionals from across the world to pioneer new frontiers for better solutions by establishing the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab (MOC-LAB) “Strengthening Diversity and Deliberation in Climate Adaptation Planning” with the mission to view the city as a living organism and building on SDSU’s Climate Action Plan through community engaged research, technology development/deployment, nature based solutions, data analytics, data science approaches, and citizen science to track and monitor post Covid-19 outbreaks and impacts to our regional and local communities in San Diego and Imperial County while localizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


Create Knowledge

We aim to create new knowledge by participating and collaborating in research projects and developing new open source tools.

Share Knowledge

We aim to gather and curate (all) knowledge around urban metabolism, under-representative communities search in southern California, sustainable development, citizen science, and data analytics in one central platform in order to make it accessible to different target audiences.

Apply Knowledge

We help policy makers and practitioners to tackle their challenges with Urban Metabolism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals thinking.

Foster Community

We help policy makers and practitioners to tackle their challenges with Urban Metabolism and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals thinking.


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