ASSAR, DECCMA, PRISE and HI-AWARE will share their findings at Impacts World 2017 to take place in Potsdam, Germany, 11-13 October 2017. This conference showcases not only the very latest in our scientific understanding impacts of climate change, placing a particular focus on the most pertinent and pressing political questions of the day, but shines a spotlight on the challenges that lie ahead for this research community. In 2017, the conference is dedicated to counting the true costs of climate change, by considering four key challenges for aggregating and quantifying climate-change risks and impacts.
DECCMA’s Ricardo Safra de Campos (University of Exeter) and Attila Lazar (University of Southampton) will both be presenting in a session on sea level rise and coastal migration. Ricardo’s presentation on “Perceived environmental risks and expected outcomes as motivations for migration decisions” highlights findings from DECCMA’s survey of 6000 households in migrant-sending areas across four deltas; whilst Attila will outline the project’s attempts to model migration in “Simulating migration in deltas: Insights from the DECCMA project”.
DECCMA’s Giorgia Prati (University of Southampton) and PRISE research associate Ayesha Qaisirani (Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan) will be presenting in the session called “Displacement or adaptation? Reassessing the relations of migration and climate change with a translocality perspective” on Thursday, October 11. Giorgia’s presentation is entitled “Migration as adaptation: a gender analysis of benefits, barriers and opportunities” and Ayesha’s is “Building climate resilience through rural out-migration: the case of semi-arid Pakistan”. Ayesha’s presentation will feature key results from a PRISE working paper that she co-authored titled ‘Migration futures in Africa and Asia: Economic opportunities and distributional effects – the case of Pakistan’.
Edmond Totin, ASSAR research associate at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali, will present a paper on scenario planning in a session called 'From impact and vulnerability assessments to adaptation planning and implementation’ on the final day of the conference. The paper, titled 'Can scenario planning catalyse transformational change? Evaluating a climate change policy case study in Mali' is based on work done by both ASSAR and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and has been accepted recently for publication in Futures journal.
Finally, HI-AWARE's Tanya Singh from Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) will be giving the poster presentation " When do Indians feel hot?: regional internet search frequencies depict thermal discomfort".