Responding and Adapting to Climate Change: Recognizing and Managing Uncertainty in the Physical, Social, and Public Spheres

Tierney, A. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

I presented findings of RENKEI Summer School and participated in group work. About the workshop: “Uncertainty, uncertainty, uncertainty … so why should we bother to act?” Although there is no longer any reasonable scientific doubt about the fact that the globe is warming from greenhouse gas emissions, public and political debate of climate change has been dominated by appeals to uncertainty that arguably have delayed policy action in many countries. To help overcome this logjam, and to address the scientific, cultural, health and social issues arising from climate change, requires an in-depth and cross-disciplinary analysis of the role of uncertainty in all of the three principal systems involved: The physical climate system, people’s cognitive system and how that construes and potentially distorts the effects of uncertainty, and the social systems underlying the political and public debates surrounding climate change. The projectl tackles the problem by hosting an international workshop at Bristol that will yield identifiable deliverables as well as help kick-start collaborations.
PeriodSep 2014
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBristol, United Kingdom

Keywords

  • uncertainty
  • sustainability
  • Climate change

Structured keywords

  • WUNclimate
  • sustainability
  • uncertainty
  • Climate Change