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IMPRESSIONS: Advancing understanding of the consequences of high-end climate change
Date:1/13/2014

y strong winds and high waves that have caused widespread flooding and the evacuation of thousands of people. Extreme weather events may increase in frequency under high-end climate change. Thus, there is an urgent need for decision-makers to have access to more reliable scientific knowledge on such highly uncertain, but socio-economically important, futures. The new knowledge developed by the project will not only focus on the EU, but will consider interdependencies or shared vulnerabilities with countries beyond the EU's borders, for example through food and resource supply chains or effects on large-scale migration.

To achieve its goals IMPRESSIONS will:

  • develop a novel stakeholder-driven methodology to create an integrated set of high-end climate and socio-economic scenarios;
  • apply these scenarios to a wide range of existing and new models of impacts and adaptation in five case studies covering global, European and regional/local (Scotland, Iberia and Hungary) scales;
  • embed the impacts modelling work within an innovative, integrated assessment approach which advances analysis of multi-scale and cross-sectoral synergies and trade-offs for adaptation planning;
  • work with public and private decision-makers in each case study to develop adaptation and mitigation pathways;
  • communicate the results to a broad community of stakeholders to enhance current approaches to climate change policies and actions.

The project will work together with two sister initiatives, HELIX and RISES-AM, to share the latest state-of-the-art research on the consequences of high-end climate change.

"Members of the HELIX project look forward to working closely with IMPRESSIONS and RISES-AM towards our common aims of assessing potential impacts o
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Contact: Dr. Paula Harrison
Paula.Harrison@ouce.ox.ac.uk
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

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