The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 is an initiative of a number of major European research projects. This will be the first European conference which covers the broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and follows international conferences in Australia (Gold Coast, Queensland) in 2010 and in the United States (Tucson, Arizona) in 2012. This conference will place a greater emphasis on understanding and assessing adaptation in action under the theme integrating climate into action.
European research supported strongly through the various EU Framework Programmes has played a leadership role in furthering the understanding of climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation and will contribute significantly to the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5) as it did successfully for the AR4. Policymakers at European, national and local levels have been acting on climate adaptation over the past decade, and with greater urgency in the past few years. European business, NGOs and citizens have become engaged in action on adaptation, seeking to integrate climate change into strategies and decisions. International linkages through trade, global policy regimes, development assistance and humanitarian aid also influence European vulnerability and adaptive action.
The main theme of the conference is integrating climate into action. Major topics to be covered will include:
- climate vulnerability assessment
- risk assessment
- economics of adaptation
- decision-making under uncertainty
- governance of adaptation
- adaptation strategies and planning
- mainstreaming climate adaptation
- adaptation cases studies: organisational, sectoral and regional
- monitoring and measuring adaptation
- impact and effectiveness studies
- role of tools and knowledge in adaptation
- communicating impacts, vulnerability and adaptation