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A vibrant session: Building Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes: Sustainable Solutions Grounded in Socio-Cultural Context

Posted by: | July 9, 2015 | No Comment |

Yesterday we had a really good session at “Our Common Future Under Climate Change”.

Building Resilience to Climate and Weather Extremes: Sustainable Solutions Grounded in Socio-Cultural Context

Conveners: Anne Nolin and Emma Woods

Speakers: Karim-Aly Kassam (Cornell), Georgina Mace (The Royal Society), Marta Vicarelli (UMass-Amherst)

Good discussion about transdisciplinary research with local applications/global implications.

Especially relevant for mountain regions. Loved the presentation on indigenous peoples in the Pamir Mountains by Karim. He talked about their use of a “calendar of the human body” based on phenology. His first-hand experience in the region make his perspectives particularly robust.

Georgina discussed the findings from the Royal Societies’ report on sustainability. She described an interesting metric for exposure to weather extremes (exacerbated by climate change):

# of extreme exposures = (#of extreme events) x (#of people)

They used RCP8.5 and World Population SSSP to assess how changing climate and changing population would affect different regions around the globe in terms of extreme weather events. It’s a simple metric but showed that northern India and China would be hardest hit — mainly because of projected population increases. Food for thought.

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