2014 Christ's Climate Seminar Series

30 January 2014


2014 Christ's Climate Seminar Series: Adaptation to climate change seminar series

Avoid the Unmanageable, Manage the Unavoidable: What can we expect from the climate in the coming decades, and what might we do?

Speaker: Professor Charlie F Kennel

Venue: the Plumb Auditorium, Christ's College Cambridge

CSaP's inaugural Visiting Research Fellow Professor Charlie F Kennel delivered a series of seminars on adaptation to climate change, hosted by Christ's College Cambridge in 2014.

Professor Kennel was Vice-Chancellor and Director emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Christ’s College. He spent three months (Jan - March 2014) as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy.

16 January: Introduction

In his first seminar of the series, Professor Kennel gave a brief history of the development of climate research; discuss the relationship between atmospheric abundance of CO2 and global temperature over time, and the fundamental truths about the long-term future.

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23 January: Impacts of Climate Change

Can we infer from today’s changes and climate models what tomorrow’s world might look like? This talk covered areas such as regional weather patterns, water availability, floods, drought, wildfires; impacts on agriculture, ecology, human disease and regional technical systems.

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30 January: Why and how we will have to adapt?

In this talk, Professor Kennel discussed the reasons why we may not be able to avoid 2C warming by 2050, and adaptive management strategy

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13 February: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Cities, and Wetlands

This seminar looked at factors affecting rates of global and local sea level rise; how advanced regions are preparing - Venice, the Netherlands, and Sacramento Bay-Delta; vulnerable cities, agricultural river deltas, low-lying island nations.

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20 February: California and the Arctic

In this seminar, Professor Kennel discussed the first and most advanced regional assessments; impacts on regional natural systems, regional technical systems, and populations; and assessments - the first step in adaptive management.

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27 February: Adaptive Management of Climate Change

This seminar will cover the essential role of assessment in the adaptive management of complex systems; the regional specificity of climate change impacts; the critical role of local communities; the complexity of knowledge assembly for regional and local decisionā€support; and the need to encourage timely decisions; “Knowledge Action Networks” comprising international experts and local decisionā€makers can foster informed and timely decisions at the regional and local levels.

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Professor Charles Kennel (University of California, San Diego, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Christ’s College, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy)

Dr Robert Doubleday (Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy)

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