Today saw the release of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the IPCC special report on the impacts of 1.5C global warming. The report was the culmination of 2 years of work and has been making the news headlines globally. The @ccadapt team has played a key role in this report: James was a lead author on chapter 4 and the SPM, and was in S. Korea all last week at the approval session; and former @ccadapt researchers Ella Belfer and Malcolm Araos were contributing authors to chapter 4. The Priestley Centre is also well represented in the assessment, with Piers Forster also a lead author and key member of the SPM author team. For more information, visit either the Priestley International Centre for Climate or IPCC pages profiling the session.
From October 1st-5th, the IPCC will convene its 48th session in Incheon, S. Korea. The main focus will be approval of the special report on the impacts of 1.5C of global warming. @ccdapt lead, Prof James Ford, will be at the meeting representing chapter 4 of the special report on the policy response to 1.5C.
Debortoli, N.S., Sayles, J.S., Clark, D.G., Ford, J.D. (2018). A systems network approach for climate change vulnerability assessment. Environmental Research Letters, published online.
Vulnerability to climate change is a product of biophysical and social dynamics. Assessments of community or regional vulnerability, however, often focus on quantitative infrastructure and environmental assessments, or qualitative assessments of a community’s social dynamics and livelihood activities. A dearth of integrated quantitative assessments is a major barrier for decision-makers who require quantitative outputs and indicators, which can measure where vulnerability is most severe and can be linked to climate projections. Our framework and analysis helps address such gaps by identifying variables to build climate change vulnerability indices, which we pilot here focusing on Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. We start with a systematic literature review of community-based vulnerability studies and assess relationships among 58 social and biophysical variables. We then use multiplex network analysis to determine how social and environmental variables interact among and within the key component of vulnerability: exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. We identify several structurally important variables that interact within and across the three dimensions of vulnerability. This method is transferable as an integrative means of understanding not only the direct causes of vulnerability but also relations that are less tangible. The approach of multiplex network analysis can be a building block to ongoing development of vulnerability indices within the human dimensions of climate change field.
Want to join the @ccadapt team? Interested in working on an interdisciplinary climate change project in the Arctic. I have a fully funded PhD project for 2019 start date on ‘Participatory climate modeling, ethnoclimatology, and human health in the Arctic.’
For more information, go to: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/admissions-and-study/research-degrees/sri/projects-with-guaranteed-funding/participatory-climate-modeling-ethnoclimatology-and-human-health-in-the-arctic/.
This weekend (Sept 8th) James will give the alumni lecture at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Focusing on what we can learn from the rapidly changing Arctic on the human dimensions of climate change, it will build upon over 16 years of research by @ccadapt in the circumpolar north.