Climate Information for Managing Risks: Partnerships and Solutions for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Pre-Symposium Workshop May 23-24, 2011

Open Source AgroClimate-based Systems for
Climate Risk Management

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Last updated: 06/23/2011

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Many decision makers need climate information at the regional and local levels to address short- and long-term challenges posed by variable and changing climate. Risks posed by climate variability would include hurricanes, droughts, floods, freezes, heat stresses, and wild fires. Risks posed by climate change, include changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme events, sea level rise, and emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition to risks, climate change offers new economic opportunities, such as bio-fuel production, carbon sequestration, and new markets for green information and technologies.

Climate risks and how we can best respond to those risks are highly complex, as they are affected by economic, demographic, and cultural factors in addition to changes in physical and biological systems. Because of this complex nature of climate risks, solutions will depend on integrated research, teaching, and outreach, with decision-makers and other stakeholders included as partners in these programs. We will need new educational curricula, new research programs, and new communications tools to provide information that decision makers can use to manage risks and benefit from new opportunities.

To help us prepare for these challenges, CIMR 2011 will address three objectives:

  • To provide a forum to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas for diverse professionals from scientific fields that address issues of climate, from organizations that are engaged in dissemination of new climate information to decision makers, and from the decision makers themselves.

  • To identify priorities and plan strategies for future climate research, education, and outreach that will enable universities, agencies, and organizations to provide climate information for decision makers in agriculture, water resources, coastal communities and ecosystems, and terrestrial ecosystems.

  • To explore opportunities and needs for developing climate information and decision support systems, as well as how to produce and apply global climate information at both regional and local levels.



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