Climate change impacts and adaptation seminar series

Type:
Meeting or Conference
Organizer:
Green Times
Date:
10 Apr 2013
Location:
South Africa (Cape Town)
Venue:
Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1:00 PM
Date:
17 Apr 2013
Location:
South Africa (Cape Town)
Venue:
Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1:00 PM
Date:
24 Apr 2013
Location:
South Africa (Cape Town)
Venue:
Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1:00 PM
Date:
08 May 2013
Location:
South Africa (Cape Town)
Venue:
Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1:00 PM
Date:
15 May 2013
Location:
South Africa (Cape Town)
Venue:
Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1:00 PM

In guiding societal responses to the altered climate risks associated with future climate change, they often rely on the output of highly complicated computer simulation models. While these models have provided a firm evidence base to inform global mitigation policy, the information content required to reliably inform regional and local climate change adaptation is, arguably, well beyond what can currently be provided. Computational constraints and model inadequacies, coupled with modes of long-term climate variability and limited understanding of how climate change affects social, economic and natural systems means that adaptation decisions are being made in the face of “deep” uncertainties. In this context, how then should they frame adaptation decisions and ultimately prioritize adaptation options?

In this seminar, the concept of “robust” adaptation will be discussed, where the emphasis is on determining those solutions which are least sensitive to underlying climatic and non-climatic uncertainties. Results from a recently submitted paper titled, “Challenges in using a Robust Decision Making approach to guide climate change adaptation in South Africa”, will be presented. The research aims to investigate whether Robust Decision Making (a formal decision-theoretic approach) can be applied in different contexts, and specifically within developing countries.

Who to expect next:

17 April: Gregg Oelofse “Adaptation issues facing the City of Cape Town”

24 April: Lorena Pasquini “Local Government and Climate Adaptation”

8 May: Susie Cunningham “Feeling the heat: consequences of rising temperatures for desert birds”

15 May: Richard Calland “Financing Adaptation”


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How to register

For further information please email Elma Pollard or call at +27 0218550518


Keywords

Themes:
Climate Change, Environment, Governance, Economics of DRR
Countries:
South Africa
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