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Tackling climate change adaptation: European conference in Copenhagen

04/30/2015 - Decision-makers from politics, business and science will meet from May 12-14 in Copenhagen to discuss climate change adaptation. Organized on behalf of the European Commission by three major climate adaptation projects, the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference ECCA 2015 will bring together scientific and practical knowledge to explore strategies for European cities to cope with climate impacts. The Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research, being the leader of one of the featured EU projects, is a co-organizer.

“Climate change isn’t happening in the future, the impacts of global warming can be observed today already. Strategies to cope with theses changes or to prevent them will become more and more important. Even with successful climate policy some climate impacts will be unavoidable. What extreme events like heat waves or floodings imply for future infrastructures is at the heart of ECCA 2015”, Jürgen Kropp of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and member of the Scientific Advisory Panel says. PIK scientists will contribute sessions and workshops discussing cities and climate change impacts as well as the coastal regions threatened by floods. Furthermore, climate services and instruments to advance know-how for local adaptation planning will be debated.

Key speakers at the conference are Kurt Vandenberghe of the European Commission, former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, Denmark’s Minister for the Environment Kirsten Brosbøl, Frans Berkhout from Kings College, London, and Jiang Tong from the China Meteorological Administration.

The three scientific projects behind ECCA 2015 are the PIK lead “Ramses” (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES), “Base” (Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe) and “ToPDad” (tool-supported policy development for regional adaptation). 

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