Cooperation on Climate Change

Collaboration between institutions introduces essential discourse on the economic, political and social implications of climate change and its scientific repercussions. Accordingly, a new international climate impact research and policy network was launched in 2013 by IGCC, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change in England.

Organizers hope to cultivate innovative research at the intersection of climate science, international policy, human health, and economic prosperity through their work together. A series of symposia will take place over the next several years to bring researchers together to discuss the latest findings in these fields.

Recognizing that international cooperation on these matters has been hampered for many economic, political, and technical reasons, organizers hope to work closely with both European and American policymakers to inform the debate.


Health, Energy, and Extreme Events in a Changing Climate
December 6–9, 2014
Bad Honnef, Germany
Hosted by PIK

Flyer [pdf]
Agenda [pdf]
Abstracts [pdf]

The second symposium brought together theoretical physicists and complex systems scientists with distinguished international researchers working on health, energy, and climate change to 1) learn about the complex interactions between these global systems; 2) provide young physicists with an opportunity to explore fields of application of great societal importance; 3) discuss in an interdisciplinary way the potentials and perspectives of cutting-edge modeling and data analysis methods from theoretical physics for studying both the individual subsystems as well as the whole complex; 4) show that the language of theoretical physics and complex systems science is a natural and fruitful framework for this transdisciplinary field; and 5) initiate new promising scientific studies and projects in this context. 

Water Issues in Climate Change Symposium
April 3–5, 2013
UC San Diego
Hosted by IGCC

Agenda [pdf]
Speakers [pdf]

Most research on the impacts of climate change has focused on temperature, with comparatively little work on the influence climate change may have on the availability of water, primarily through its effects on the production and distribution of rain and snow. Given that humans require access to fresh water to survive, understanding how climate change may affect the global distribution of fresh water—and human access to it—is crucial.

The Water Issues in Climate Change Symposium provided an opportunity for the public to engage with scholars with expertise on the technical and policy aspects of climate change issues and the hydrologic cycle. In the final dialogue of the conference, panelists discussed the future of climate change research, focusing on the validity of modeling climate impact and stressing the necessity of continued discussions.