As part of a Catalyst exchange program funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, we would like to invite you to join Dr Benjamin Preston, Senior Policy Researcher and Director of Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy at the RAND Corporation, for a seminar presentation on the assessment of climate change impacts and, in particular, the role of socioeconomic scenarios in impact assessment.
The impacts and implications of climate change depend not only on the atmospheric response to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and changes in land cover, but also on changes in demography, economic activity and infrastructure. As a result, mitigation and adaptation are increasingly considered together as part of an integrated, systems-response to global changes. Both mitigation and adaptation will involve changes in technology, economies, and policy that will interact – creating considerable uncertainty and requiring researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to develop new ways to support decision-making. The “parallel scenario” process is a new development in global change research, and provides a basis for exploring climate change, its consequences and societal responses. The “parallel scenario” process brings together GHG emissions trajectories, climate modelling and shared assumptions of future socio-economic conditions.
Contact Christine Harper +64 4 382 6644 to RSVP
Bring your lunch – healthy treats provided.
Science Showcase: Explore Antarctica and learn about the potential impact of climate change through state-of-the-art immersive media, hands-on interactive models and first-hand insights from scientists undertaking world-changing research on the ice. Far from Frozen will host a range of activities including the a planetarium show, TEDxScottBase talks, National Geographic film screenings, and a live magic and science show.
10am to 5pm daily
Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 January
For more information and a full programme visit Far from Frozen website at Otago Musuem
The Climate Change Impacts and Implications programme (www.ccii.org.nz) was a four-year project to enhance New Zealand’s capability and capacity to respond to the climate change challenge, via five interconnected research aims: (1) improve climate projections (2) regional case studies, (3) a New Zealand systems model, (4) increase capacity in decision making processes, and (5) scenario development for different possible futures. This Link seminar is offered by Landcare Research.
Public Talk: On the emergence of unusual, unfamiliar and unknown climates in international bodies - robust patterns of change and why it matters.
The concept of ‘Time of Emergence’ (ToE), which characterizes when significant signals of climate change will emerge from existing variability, is a useful and increasingly common metric. Professor Dave Frame and PhD candidate Luke Harrington from the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute will be talking to us about their recent research.
The Deep South Challenge is joining forces with Wellington City Council, VicLink and partnering organisations to support this year’s Climathon.
The Deep South National Science Challenge is proud to support this year’s Climate and Business Conference.