Climate Extremes across Disciplines. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

Earth system scientist Jana Sillmann introduces her work for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and shows how climate extremes and their associated risks are assessed across disciplines.

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Devastation of Bolivar Peninsula following Hurricane Ike, Texas, September 2008. Photo: NOAA's National Ocean Service, Flickr (via Wikimedia Commons).

Climate change will most severely manifest itself in the impacts of weather and climate extremes, which will challenge inevitably existing human and natural systems. The three Working Groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are currently preparing their 6th Assessment Reports on state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the physical basis of climate change (WG1), impacts, adaptation and vulnerability to climate change (WG2) as well as mitigation of climate change (WG3). In this Environmental Lunchtime Discussion Jana Sillmann will speak about how climate extremes and associated risks are assessed across disciplines and the efforts made to better establish inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and communication to support decision making for risk reduction and strengthening societal resilience.


Dr. Jana Sillmann is Research Director at the Center for International Climate Research (CICERO) in Oslo, Norway and leads the Climate Impacts group. She holds a doctoral degree in Earth system sciences and is an internationally well-recognized expert in the field of climate extremes. Dr. Sillmann is co-leading activities for the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Grand Challenges on Weather and Climate Extremes, she is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) program and is a Lead author of Chapter 12 (Climate change information for regional impact and for risk assessment) in the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6 WGI). She is further co-chairing the Development Team for the Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk-KAN).


About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Climate Research
Published Dec. 20, 2019 2:32 PM - Last modified Jan. 15, 2020 3:05 PM