Climate change: assessing and managing “residual risks” – Call for abstracts

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Sometimes, climate change impacts overcome our ability to manage them with mitigation and adaptation strategies. The 2021 edition of the INQUIMUS workshop series, supported by the CMCC Foundation, is looking for new ideas to evaluate and face climate-related risks that go beyond adaptation limits. The call for abstracts is open until May 15, 2021.

Climate change is accelerating and in combination with other drivers (exposure, vulnerability) is increasingly turning risks more dynamic and harder to assess with standard approaches. Moreover, there is growing need for tackling ‘residual climate-related risks’, defined as potential negative impacts after all feasible mitigation and adaptation measures have been implemented. Identifying policy solutions for dealing with risks ‘beyond adaptation’ – referred to as Loss and Damage – has recently become the third pillar in the international climate policy process next to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The call for abstracts for the INQUIMUS 2021 workshop, this year focused on “Transformational risk management and Loss & Damage” aims to identify suitable approaches for assessing climate-related residual risks to provide decision-makers with reliable information, indicators and effective strategies.

INQUIMUS (latin for “we say”) is a workshop series aiming to provide exchange, new inspiration and generative dialogues, integrating quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies for multi-dimensional phenomena. This edition of the workshop will take place in Laxenburg, Austria, from November 30 to December 2, 2021 and is organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS at the University of Salzburg, Austria and Eurac Research European Academy of Bozen. The CMCC Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and the University Ca’Foscari of Venice support in the organization of the workshop, and CMCC@Ca’Foscari scientists Andrea Critto and Silvia Torresan are members of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Scientists and practitioners from different fields will work together to understand the needs of decision-makers for comprehensively assessing and managing climate-related risks that may lead beyond adaptation limits (known as Loss and Damage). Workshop participants will identify the gaps in existing risk assessment methodologies and highlight experiences and case studies showcasing the spectrum of risk management options, trying to understand how risk science has to transform itself.

The call for papers is open until May 15, 2021.

The flyer for the 2020 workshop is available for download here.

For more information, please visit the official website of the event.

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