Workshop: Understanding the Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Climate Extremes

  • When May 20, 2019 to May 21, 2019 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)
  • Where International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy
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  • Contact Phone ++49 (0) 331 288 2481
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Climate extremes such as floods, tropical cyclones, heatwaves, and droughts cause not only substantial direct damages but also have the potential to deteriorate socio-economic development perspectives in the long-term. However, a systematic understanding of the main impact channels of climate extremes on socio-economic development from the household to the macroeconomic level is still missing. Systematic empirical analyses are needed to identify the main impact channels of climate extremes on the socio-economic development in low-income, emerging, and industrialized countries. This profound empirical understanding will significantly improve the representation of climate change impacts in economic models, e.g. identified as one of the largest challenges in integrated assessment research by the recent IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C. This research gap needs to be addressed not only with regard to future climate impact assessments, such as the upcoming 6th IPCC assessment report. Equally important, practitioners from international institutions and the private sectors are in need of systematic quantifications of climate extremes impacts on society and economy to assess the merits and limits of coping strategies ranging from physical adaptation to disaster insurance schemes. This workshop aims at bringing together leading experts from the empirical and the economic modeling communities with stakeholders and applicants from international and national institutions and the re-insurance industry and rating agencies to address the following questions:

  • What is the current status quo of research on the short- and long-term socio-economic impacts of climate extremes?
  • What are shortcomings in conceptual understanding, empirical data and modeling tools, to date?
  • What are the needs of stakeholders, and how can these be best addressed by the scientific community?
  • What achievements would constitute a break-through in this field in the next 3 years?

The workshop is intended to make an essential contribution to outline a research framework towards the next generation of socio-economic climate damage estimates.

Getting There

The workshop 'Understanding the Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Climate Extremes' will be held at the IFAD headquarters in Rome (Via Paolo di Dono, 44, 00142 Roma), Italy.

Note that there are train connections you can use if you are coming from Berlin.

Starting on Sunday May 19, 2019, at 06:30 a.m. at Berlin Central Station (low), the journey will continue at 11:35 a.m. Munich Central Station and end at 9:25 p.m. in Roma Termini (Rome). You can alternatively start 2 hours later.

The IFAD headquarters is located in west of Municipio VIII, and is easily accessible by bus.  We made reservations for all workshop participants in Hotel dei Congressi. From the Hotel to IFAD headquarters it takes approximately 15 minutes with bus 767 or 764. You can also have a 20 minute walk to the IFAD headquarters.