Webinar, h. 2:00 pm CET - March 21, 2018

Presenter: Sergio CastellariProject Manager on climate change, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Moderator: Carlo Barbante, Director, Istituto per la Dinamica dei Processi Ambientali (IDPA), CNR; President, Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC)

This webinar is jointly organized by CMCC Foundation and the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC)

Integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction is now a priority in European agenda. This effort is triggered from large economic, social and environmental losses of extreme weather and climate related events, including hydrological extremes.

Total reported economic losses of climate extremes over the 1980–2016 period in the 33 member countries of EIONET (network coordinated from the European Environment Agency – EEA) amounted to about EUR 436 billion at 2016 Euro values. In addition, extreme weather and climate related events can affect and shape ecosystems and thus have an impact on the services they provide.

Under future climate change, nearly all extreme weather and climate related events are projected to increase in severity, duration and/or extent, and some also in frequency. Along with climate change, socio economic developments such as growing population and economic wealth, developments in hazard-prone areas, and degradation of natural ecosystems will influence the exposure and vulnerability of many regions in Europe.

This webinar, based on a the recent EEA report Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe presents selected cases from various European countries in which effective coherence between climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction has been achieved, in various ways and to various degrees, highlighting how research can support evidence-based and robust decision-making and guide policies and practices.


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02:00 pm - Welcome and intro - Carlo Barbante, IDPA – CNR, SISC
02:05 pm – Presenter’s talk – Sergio Castellari, EEA
02:35 pm – Q&A 
02:50 pm – End of Webinar

Working language: English

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Sergio Castellari holds a degree in Physics (University of Bologna, Italy) and a Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography (University of Miami, Florida, USA). Since April 2015 he works as Seconded National Expert (SNE) at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen (Denmark) on impacts, vulnerability, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. Since May 2000 he is affiliated at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) in Bologna (Italy), where he is a senior scientist since 2008.
He has been working at Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) from 2006 until March 2015, where he has been also the Head of the “Institutional Relations and Adaptation Policies” Group. In the last decade he has been working as a climate science and policy expert for the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. He participated as Italian Delegate to IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)UNFCCC, (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)UNCCD (UN Convention to Combat Desertification)GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and UNEP (UN Environment Programme) sessions. From 2002 to 2012 he participated as Italian Expert at the EU Science Expert Group of the EU WPIEI-CC of EU Council. He has been co-chair/facilitator of Contact Groups and Informal Consultations at UNFCCC-SBSTA sessions for several years. From August 2006 to March 2015 he has been the National Focal Point for Italy of IPCC. He has participated in international and national projects on marine, climate science and adaptation policies. From January 2011 to March 2015 he has been Manager of the ETC/CCA (European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation) contracted by the EEA. In the last years before joining the EEA, he has been the Scientific Coordinator of Italian national project SNAC (Elements for the elaboration of a National Strategy of Adaptation to Climate Change), Work Package Co-Leader in EU FP7 project CIRCLE-2 (Climate Impact Research & Response Coordination for a Larger Europe) and participated up to March 2015 at EU FP7 project BASE (Bottom-up climate adaptation strategies towards a sustainable Europe). From 2008 to 2015 he has been a contract professor of “Climate change and International Policies” for the “Science and Management of the Climate Change” Doctorate Programme of the Cà Foscari University of Venice.
His main interests are focused on climate-change policies with particular emphasis on adaptation science and policies.

Carlo Barbante is director of the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (IDPA), CNR (National Research Council) and Full Professor at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, where he has been dealing with climatic and environmental reconstructions for years. He has participated in several expeditions in polar regions and in the Alps and is author of more than 250 publications in high impact scientific journals. Professor of Earth’s Climate at Ca’Foscari Harvard Summer School, he has been recently granted by the European Research Council with a prestigious Advanced Grant. He was professor at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and is an elected member of the Accademia delle Scienze detta dei XL and of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti. He is currently President of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences.

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  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
  • SISC - The Italian Society for Climate Sciences