Conference “Our Common Future Under Climate Change”

The RISES-AM- project will participate in the next International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” where project researchers will present ongoing research on coastal climate impact projection, adaptation pathways and interactions with coastal activities and infrastructures. The project will be discussed in parallel with three other climate research projects from different sectors and geographical areas so as to achieve an enhanced international dimension.

ECCA 2015 Conference

The RISES-AM- project will participate in the next ECCA 2015 Conference presenting results of the ongoing work on coastal impact projection and natural resilience mechanisms. The project, represented by a number of researchers, will also interact with the ongoing parallel projects HELIX and IMPRESSIONS to provide a combined research front to research dealing with high end climate scenarios.

International conference to hail Glasgow as leading city-region on climate change adaptation

Glasgow has won a bid to host the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in 2017, it was announced today (Tuesday 28 April 2015).
This is a leading climate change conference and will attract around a thousand delegates from the UK, Europe and around the world.
It will mark the first time that the conference has been held in the UK since its inauguration, with previous host cities including Hamburg in Germany and Copenhagen in Denmark.
The 2017 conference is being led by three EU-funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, HELIX and RISES-AM. Dr. Paula Harrison, Coordinator of the IMPRESSIONS project, said “Climate change presents a wide range of impacts and risks for the European economy, society and environment. We need robust strategies and solutions to adapt.”
“The conference provides the leading forum for sharing amongst science, policy, practice and business communities. We look forward to working with the experienced local team to deliver a conference in Glasgow that inspires real action to adapt to climate change.”
Climate resilience is at the core of decisions shaping investment in the city and transforming communities. It is this pioneering work that has won Glasgow the conference.
Cllr. Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Sustainable Glasgow, said: “We are delighted that the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference will take place in Glasgow in 2017. Glasgow has strong ambitions for a greener future and a European leader in environmental sustainability.”
“Sustainable Glasgow is the cross-sector partnership to take on this challenge. We aim to use the tremendous opportunities now available to us to become a resilient city that adapts to the challenges of climate change.”
Cllr Matheson, who is also Chair of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, added: “Today, three out of every four Europeans live in a city – including those living in and around Glasgow.”
“Glasgow is a city where solutions can be found to help have a greener future. We look forward to welcoming the delegates to Glasgow in 2017 and we hope it will be a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas and best practice to help us to adapt to climate change. We are sure that it will be a memorable conference within our vibrant, friendly and welcoming city and its citizens.”
Dr. Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, said “I am delighted that Glasgow will host the 2017 European Climate Change Adaptation Conference and believe the aims of the conference fit well with the Scottish Government’s objectives on adaptation. Adaptation to the effects of climate change is a global challenge and we must work together to focus our collective efforts and expertise across Europe to counter the impacts of our changing climate.”

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA Chief Executive, said “At SEPA we are determined to help people unlock the economic and social opportunities of mitigating, and adapting to climate change. I am delighted that this conference is coming to Scotland, it will help raise the profile of climate change and inform the co-ordinated action needed to address this critical challenge.”
Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Sniffer, said: “Scotland has built very strong partnerships across research, policy and practice on climate adaptation and resilience. Many countries want to learn from the pioneering work of Scotland’s ClimateXChange research network and Adaptation Scotland support service. Hosting this conference provides recognition and a showcase of our successes.”
Dr. Marc Metzger, The University of Edinburgh, said “Scotland is at the forefront of international research on climate change adaptation, a reputation that has brought the world-leading ECCA 2017 to Glasgow. The conference will gather more than a thousand colleagues from around the world to Scotland, an unprecedented opportunity for us to share and learn from each other as we respond to climate change.”
People are at the heart of Glasgow’s transformation, and the organisers hope the conference will be an opportunity for both the international experts and the general public to see how the city is living up to its strapline ‘from steam to green’.
A range of ground-breaking initiatives have shown Scotland as an example on partnerships for future-proofing the economy. This will be on display at the conference and through a range of excursions to the local area for the delegates.
As one of Europe’s most dynamic cultural capitals, Glasgow is the ideal host for a conference that will integrate culture and arts, and engage with the public from school children to pensioners. The city is also known as an outstanding host for sustainable international events that leave a lasting legacy not only locally but for the whole of Scotland.

ECRA General Assembly (25-26 March 2015)

Dr. Svetlana Jevrejeva has been invited to participate in ECRA General Assembly (25-26 March 2015) organised by the European Climate Research Alliance in Brussels, to give a talk about “Uncertainties in global and regional sea level projections by 2100”. This is an important achievement to announce RISES-AM- in front of a wide audience. It is important to transmit the expected acceleration in climatic factors and how vulnerable coastal systems will respond to that.

CLIMATE-ES. Evaluation of coastal vulnerability and climatic change impacts

RISES-AM- has presented an aggregated evaluation of coastal vulnerability and climatic change impacts in the CLIMATE-ES in Tortosa near the Ebro Delta (March 2015). The presentation took place right before the session dedicated to the role of mass media and social networks in disseminating the climate change message. Therefore the project received a high degree of visibility in front of local, regional and national media and news channels. The main conclusion of the paper was a ranking of the main geological archetypes according to climatic vulnerability. In the first positions were located urban beaches and low lying deltaic areas. The first one because of their limited natural capacity to respond to present and even more so future climates. The second one because of their high relative sea level rise due to the addition of general rise plus subsidence that makes them perceive under present conditions a rate of relative sea level rise comparable to the accelerated trends we shall be facing by the end of this century.

CLIMATE-ES 2015 conference

The coming week, from 11th March to 15th March there will be a specialized conference CLIMATE-ES 2015. It will be held in Tortosa (Tarragona) near the mouth of the Ebro river Delta. The topics include climate change in the pre-instrumental era, climatic observations and instrumental reconstructions, atmospheric/variability and future climate change. The project RISES-AM- will be represented by two contributions to show the value of regional projections and the assessment of the corresponding impacts for specific sectors and sustainability.

Maldives case study

Prof Robert Nicholls and researcher Dr Sally Brown from the University of Southampton together with Dr Jochen Hinkel and Dr Daniel Lincke from Global Climate Forum are visiting the Maldives this week as part of a case study from RISES-AM-. During the week the team are visiting islands that could be affected by sea-level rise and discussing the issue with government ministries. They are visiting a reclaimed island created in the last few decades, named Hulhumalé, which provides more land and space adjacent to the nation’s capital city, Malé, and also an agriculture island to gain a better understanding of how sea-level rise could affect crop growth. They are looking forward to better examining how extreme events affect the Maldives today, and what future adaptation could mean for a low-lying atoll nation which is highly threatened by sea-level rise.

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2015)

RISES-AM- together with the other two paralel projects IMPRESSIONS and HELIX are contributing to the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2015) that will be held in Copenhagen. In particular within RISES-AM- we are putting into practice the concept of adaptation pathways for vulnerable coastal sectors subject to future climates. As an illustration of the methodology there is a short clip highlighting the application to a specific case

Coastal Flooding Recurrence Interval Calculator

The effect of mean sea level rise on future risk levels due to flooding in being considered in many other countries. For instance, the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA) in the US have developed a “Coastal Flooding Recurrence Interval Calculator” to determine what would be the
recurrence interval of a given flood level and how sea level rise trends would affect that estimation. Another important point is the importance of realizing, as stated by researcher K. Zomorodi, that good research doesn’t stop after the project is completed.

RISES-AM- Yearly meeting in Brighton

This November 2014 (27-28) there will be the yearly RISES-AM- meeting hosted by the University of Sussex in Brighton. The project researchers will compare approaches to assess coastal vulnerability under future scenarios for the various case studies. There will also be a discussion on the available global scale projections for the selected high end scenarios from AR5 of IPCC. There will also be particular emphasis on how to incorporate the additional adaptation that is required by coastal systems to enhance their sustainability in the modelling tools from the consortium.