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Potsdam hosts first World Climate Impacts Conference

11/15/2012 - The first World Climate Impacts Conference, IMPACTS WORLD 2013, will be held next year in Potsdam, Germany. "Our climate future will be largely determined by the choices we make in the next couple of decades – everything between 2°C and 10°C global warming by 2300 is possible,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research which is organising the event together with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). “Impacts science has come of age now and can finally draw the dramatic sectoral and regional pictures associated with specific increases in the Earth’s mean surface temperature”.
Potsdam hosts first World Climate Impacts Conference

Focus on climate impacts: IMPACT WORLD 2013. Foto: Andreas Schachl

The highly interactive, discussion-based conference aims to develop a new vision for climate impacts research by laying the foundations for regular, community-driven syntheses of climate change impact analyses. The ongoing Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP) constitutes an important step towards a comprehensive, quantitative understanding of climate change impacts. Its results will be presented at the conference.

The meeting, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, will bring together from May 27th to 30th leading scientists and decision-makers from local to international levels. It is going to address five fundamental challenges on the road towards a new architecture for impacts research: Can we integrate our existing knowledge across sectors? What is still missing? How certain are we? How do we bridge the divide between regional and global impact studies? Is anybody listening?

The call for papers is open until December 15th.

Weblink to the conference homepage IMPACTS WORLD 2013

Weblink to ISI-MIP

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