The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) hosted by CIESIN recently hosted two online cyberseminars to facilitate discussion of key challenges in the assessment of the impacts of climate change. The first cyberseminar, held October 7–14, highlighted international efforts to develop new scenarios of future socioeconomic development, which are needed not only to characterize human drivers of climate change but also to assess future exposure and vulnerability to climate impacts. The discussion focused on the new process for developing Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP), initiated in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Leiwen Jiang of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) moderated the seminar together with Susana Adamo, PERN co-coordinator and CIESIN associate research scientist.
The second PERN cyberseminar was held October 28–November 5 and focused on new efforts to characterize climate-related "loss and damage" in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This cyberseminar was co-organized by PERN and the United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany. Moderated by David Wrathall of UU-EHS, participants discussed growing evidence of significant losses from extreme events, and sought to chart a research agenda in anticipation of discussions at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 19 being held this week in Warsaw.
Background papers and statements and the individual posts for both cyberseminars are available on the PERN web site.