11 October 2017 - 13 October 2017
Potsdam, Germany

Impacts World 2017

This international conference on climate-change impacts brings together scientists and stakeholders to shed light on the true costs of climate change. A number of IIASA researchers will present their findings.

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The focus of the conference, which is hosted by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK), is "Counting the true costs of climate change." It will center around four challenges: How to count the economic costs of climate change; Climate change and human health; Climate change and human migration and Climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

A number of researchers from across the institute's nine research programs will take part, bringing results and scenarios to help inform policymakers. IIASA has a broad range of research on climate impacts, including how it will affect agricultural production, water resources, and loss and damage due to unavoidable risks. IIASA also co-organized an important model intercomparison project focused on climate impacts, the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP).

IIASA participation

Workshop C1: Costs of CC and the Loss & Damage Mechanism 
Wednesday 11 October, 16:00
Defining the Risk and Policy Space for Loss and Damage: A Broadening Role for Climate Risk Analysis
Reinhard Mechler, Thomas Schinko

Workshop C5: Comparing methods for assessing climate impacts 
Wednesday 11 October, 16:00
Economic costs of reduced water availability under climate change: Application of IIASA global hydro-economic modeling framework
Taher Kahil, Simon Parkinson, Peter Burek; Yusuke Satoh, Simon Langan,  Yoshihide Wada

Workshop C7: Climate Change & International Trade - Channel for Damage Propagation or Chance for Adaptation? 
Wednesday 11 October, 16:00
Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Agricultural Markets: Sensitivity to Regional Impact and Trade Expansion Scenarios
Petr Havlik, Justin S. Baker, Petr Havlík, Robert Beach, David Leclère, Erwin Schmid, Hugo Valin

Workshop C8: Socio-economic consequences of climate extremes and compound impacts 
Wednesday 11 October, 16:00
Global assessment of exposure and vulnerability of the world’s poorest to hydro-climate risks under different socioeconomic projections
Ed Byers Matt Gidden, Petr Havlik, Volker Krey, Simon Langan, Simon Parkinson, Keywan Riahi, Joeri Rogelj, Yoshi Wada

Global food security under extreme climate
Tomoko Hasegawa, Gen Sakurai, Shinichiro Fujimori, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Yasuaki Hijioka, Toshihiko Masui

Workshop H4: Future health in the context of the Paris Agreement 
Thursday 12 October, 
Avoid climate change impacts on human health through undernourishment in the context of the Paris Agreement
Tomoko Hasegawa, Shinichiro Fujimori, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Tokuta Yokohata, Toshihiko Masui

Workshop S8: AgMIP and the SDGs: Simulating Multiple Demands on Agriculture 
Friday 13 October, 11:00am

Hotspots of future land use change impacts on terrestrial biodiversity under global mitigation scenarios
David Lecler, Támas Krisztin, Petr Havlík, Stefanie Hellweg, Fulvio Di Fulvio, Michael Obersteiner

Climate mitigation effects on food security: multiple global economic modeling comparisons
Tomoko Hasegawa, Petr Havlik, Shinichiro Fujimori,  Hugo Valin,  Thomas Fellmann, Page Kyle, Hermann Lotze-Campen,  Daniel Mason-D'Croz, Yuki Ochi,   Ignacio Perez-Dominguez, Elke Stehfest,  Jun'ya Takakura,  Hans van Meijl.

Workshop S9: The role of mitigation and adaptation in securing SDGs under climate change
Friday 13 October, 11:00am
Wicked trade-offs between environmental SDGs and food security
Michael Obersteiner, Brian Walsh Stefan Frank, Petr Havlík, Matthew Cantele, Junguo Liu, Amanda Palazzo, Mario Herrero, Yonglong Lu, Aline Mosnier, Hugo Valin, Keywan Riahi, Florian Kraxner, Steffen Fritz and Detlef van Vuuren

Workshop S10: Detecting and quantifying interactions within and across Sustainable Development Goals” 
Friday, 13 October, 11:00am

Hotspots in land and water resource uses on the way towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Amanda Palazzo, Petr Havlik, David Leclere, Michiel Van Dijk


Impacts World is the leading international conference covering the diversity and depth of climate-impacts research today. IW2017 follows on from the inaugural Impacts World 2013, held in Potsdam, Germany, which brought together impacts researchers and stakeholders from across the spectrum of impacted sectors, initiating an era of truly integrated cross-sectoral climate-impacts research. 

Impacts World 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, and offers ample time for in-depth discussions and dedicated working groups. In 2017, the confrence will be dedicated to counting the true costs of climate change, by considering four key challenges for aggregating and quantifying climate-change risks and impacts.

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Edward Byers

Research Scholar Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Research Scholar Sustainable Service Systems Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Simon Langan

Senior Guest Research Scholar Water Security Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


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