: October 2009 - December 2011
The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) concluded that climate change has begun to affect the frequency intensity, and length of many extreme events, such as floods, droughts, storms and extreme temperatures, thus increasing the need for additional timely and effective adaptation. At the same time, gradual and non linear change to ecosystems and natural resources, and their increasing vulnerability, further increase the consequences of extreme weather events.
To address these issues, a Special Report on "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX) was initiated. The UNEP/GRID-Geneva contribution to SREX is on chapter 4: Changes in impacts of climate extremes: human systems and ecosystems, as well as on chapter 9: Cases study.
Our role is to highlight how climate change is contributing to exacerbate extreme impacts. During the first meeting in Panama (Nov. 2010) the work was shared across the 10 Lead Authors and four Coordinating authors to produce the Zero Draft which was sent on 29 January 2010 to reviewers. The Hanoi meeting aimed to review the comments received by experts and how to address them. Coordination with other chapters was also needed. The third Lead Authors meeting will be held in Geneva on 25-28 October 2010. How climate change influences impacts of extreme events is a key issue and links two UNEP priorities: Climate Change & Disasters led by DTIE and DEPI respectively. DEWA/GRID-Geneva has significant expertise in these fields.
, Ecosystems Management
, Resource Efficiency
Global Change and Vulnerability
Project partner institution(s)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)