Impacts World 2017: Counting the true costs of climate change
Impacts World is the leading international conference covering the diversity and depth of climate-impacts research today. IW2017 follows on from the inaugural Impacts World 2013, held in Potsdam, Germany, which brought together impacts researchers and stakeholders from across the spectrum of impacted sectors, initiating an era of truly integrated cross-sectoral climate-impacts research.
Impacts World showcases not only the very latest in our scientific understanding impacts of climate change, placing a particular focus on the most pertinent and pressing political questions of the day, but shines a spotlight on the challenges that lie ahead for this research community, and offers ample time for in-depth discussions and dedicated working groups. In 2017, the confrence will be dedicated to counting the true costs of climate change, by considering four key challenges for aggregating and quantifying climate-change risks and impacts.
Kongresshotel Potsdam am Templiner See
Am Luftschiffhafen 1
CliSAP Workshop "Climate Change, Decarbonization and the Urban Energy Transition"
The workshop is aiming for developing key concepts and synthesizing the state of the art of urban transformation processes in relation to climate change, decarbonization and energy transition. Thematically the workshop is motivated by the worldwide growing urbanization which leads to a spatial concentration of population, economic activity and mobility on the one hand and by increasing CO2 emissions and climate change on the other. In order to promote pathways towards urban energy transition and decarbonization several strategies should be considered. Among those, the production, distribution and consumption of renewable energy are relevant key areas. There is still a lack of systematic integration of concepts, models and empirical evidence, combined with an insufficient knowledge base and a broad range of unco-ordinated and dispersed solutions.
Four research areas will be addressed: 1) Socio-technical and environmental topics of urban energy transition 2) City structure, urban land use and energy consumption 3) Distributional effects of urban energy policies 4) Multi-level models and governance concepts to manage transition processes
Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa
Drought ranks quite highly in terms of weather-related economic impacts, with annual losses nearing US$ 90 billion per year. Apart from their direct economic impacts, droughts can threaten drinking water supplies and ecosystems, damage agriculture in a significant way, and contribute to increased food prices. In addition, crop failures, which are occurring more frequently as a result of extended droughts, pose a direct threat to the livelihood of millions of people across Africa. With the intensification of climate change, dry periods in most of Africa are expected to become longer and more frequent, bringing alone much damage to agriculture systems, and negatively influencing the livelihood of hundreds of millions of people.
The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change influences droughts in Africa, and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help the countries and the communities in the region to adapt. There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the social, economic and political problems posed by droughts in Africa, especially the ways of increasing the resilience of agriculture systems and of communities and traditional populations.
Strathmore University in Kenya, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, ICCIP
Das Klimaabkommen von Paris - Politischer Triumph oder Schall und Rauch?
Im Dezember 2015 gelang der Weltgemeinschaft auf dem Weltklimagipfel in Paris ein Durchbruch. Mit dem Klimaabkommen von Paris wurde ein Nachfolger für das Kyoto-Protokoll vereinbart. Doch wie sehen die Umsetzungspläne aus - wie sind sie zu bewerten? Sind die Lasten der Einsparungen an CO2 gleichmäßig verteilt? Und wie wirkt sich das Programm auf die Energiewende in Deutschland aus? Ziel des Seminars ist es, eine Bewertung des Beitrags der Nationalstaaten zur Umsetzung des Klimaabkommens von Paris und der Pläne der EU vorzunehmen.
KlimaCampus Kolloquium - Future sea-level change from past glacier mass loss commitments
Even though glaciers store less than 1% of the global ice mass, they have probably been the strongest contributor to sea-level change in the 20th century. While mass loss from the ice sheets and thermal expansion of the ocean water are quickly increasing, glaciers will continue to play an important role in sea-level change in the 21st century. Understanding the causes, mechanisms and time scales of glacier change is therefore of paramount importance for identifying successful strategies for mitigation of, and adaption to, climate change. In this presentation, we show that much of the future glacier-mass loss will be a response to climate change caused by past greenhouse-gas emissions. Mitigating climate change through reduced greenhouse-gas emissions therefore only has a limited influence on glaciers in the 21st century, while strongly impacting their long-term response. We will further show that currently, each emitted 1 kg of carbon dioxide will eventually lead to 10±5 kg of ice-mass loss from glaciers, additional to ocean heat uptake, ice-sheet mass loss, etc.
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Bonn, Germany. This was announced on Friday, 18 November 2016, the end of COP 22, by the Chairperson of COP 23 from Fiji.
Universities and Climate Change: The Role of Climate Change Research and Projects in Fostering Climate Action
Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), held in Paris in December 2015, there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance.
There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Manchester Metropolitan University, Queen Mary University of London, HAW Hamburg