Fifth international conference on climate change: Impacts and responses

Meeting or Conference
Common Ground Publishing
18-19 Jul 2013
Mauritius (Port-Louis)

Theme 1: Scientific evidence What is evidence is there of climate change?

  • Paleoclimatology: The earth’s climate in a long view

  • Climate change today: Examining the data

  • Ice cap reduction and glacial melt

  • Sea level change

  • Floods, drought, forest fires, hurricanes and other sporadic events

  • Albedo or measuring the earth’s reflectiveness

  • Meteorology and climate informatics

  • Equilibria and disequilbria: Change processes and countervailing tendencies

  • Climate measurement processes, methodologies and technologies

  • Reading complex, dynamic and unstable systems

  • Developing local and global climate models

  • Change scenarios: Slow, rapid, abrupt or episodic

Theme 2: Assessing impacts in divergent ecosystems What are the impacts of climate change on natural environments?

  • Ocean currents and el Niño

  • Riverine ecosystem impacts

  • Mountain ecosystem impacts

  • Coastal ecosystem impacts

  • Marine ecosystem impacts

  • Forest and grassland ecosystem impacts

  • Impacts on wilderness and protected areas

  • Impacts on specific biomes

  • Impacts on biodiversity, potential extinctions

  • Hardiness zone migration

  • Regional variations: Temperature and rainfall

Theme 3: Human impacts and impacts on humans What evidence is there that human activity has contributed to climate change, and what are the impacts of climate change on human life?

  • Anthropogenic factors in climate change: determining the relative contribution of natural and human causes

  • Impacts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases

  • Land use patterns, agriculture and livestock husbandry and deforestation as factors in climate change

  • Impacts on humans: agriculture, fish stocks, food supply, health

  • Human settlements and sea level rise

  • Impacts on humans: water supply, desertification

  • Impacts on humans of intense weather events, natural disasters and ecological surprises

  • Impacts of climate change in the developing world

Theme 4: Technical, political and social responses How do scientists, technologies, policy makers and community members respond to climate change?

  • Environmental policies in response to climate change

  • Controversy and denial: Politics, the media and scientists with dissenting views

  • The international politics of climate change

  • The past, present and future of international agreements

  • Education and awareness for management of global climate change

  • Protected areas and preservation of biodiversity: ‘Corridoring’ and other strategies

  • Strategies for sustainability

  • Human adaptive strategies

  • Technologies of mitigation: Carbon dioxide sequestration, solar shades and other processes

  • Alternative and renewable energy sources: Technologies, policies and strategies

  • Carbon taxes, offsets and trading

  • Emission standards

  • Climate ethics and the precautionary principle

  • Eco-development, eco-efficiency

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Event fee

Full registration: $400, One day registration: $300, Non-presenter registration: $300, Student registration: $250, Virtual registration: $200

How to register

Please apply online, or download the registration form and submit it via email.


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