CDMC Seminars - 2006

November 8, 2006
Jürgen Scheffran
Senior Research Scientist, ACDIS

"Adaptive Decisionmaking and Cooperative Management of Uncertain Climate Change"
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) demands stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at levels that prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Long-term climate policy requires an unprecedented degree of international cooperation to speed up emission reductions and technological change in the energy sector, despite a range of fundamental uncertainties. Extending the established optimal control approach, adaptive decisionmaking and management allow to adjust to the knowledge about the state of the climate system, the available energy technology, the selected targets and the policies of other actors. To allow for a qualitative assessment and viability analysis, a basic climate model is coupled to an economic production function, adjusted by estimated costs and damages and using investment strategies and emission reduction policies to shape alternative energy paths. Probabilistic emission scenarios take into account previous data and the future time horizon for decision-making, and are tested against variation of crucial parameters, in particular carbon intensity, climate sensitivity and circleount rates.

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September 13, 2006
Dalia Patiño Echeverri
CDMC Postdoctoral Fellow

Dalia attended the 3rd Annual Climate Change Research Conference on Sept. 13-15 in Sacramento and will give a presentation of the speakers and her impressions.

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August 19, 2006
Constantine Samaras
CDMC Graduate Student

Costa spoke on his experiences at the Ninth World Renewable Energy Congress held in Florence, Italy from August 19-25. He will talk about new research that was presented in several areas of renewable energy and policy and share resources and thoughts on potential future research areas in renewable energy.

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July 12, 2006
Elmar Kriegler
Post-Doc/Visiting Scholar, University of Potsdam, Germany; Carnegie Mellon University

"Evaluating CO2 mitigation options for the 21st century ? insights from the model MIND"
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April 24, 2006
Chris E. Forest
Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Estimated PDFs of climate system properties including natural and anthropogenic forcings and implications for 21st century climate change predictions"
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April 5, 2006
Shannon Hagerman
Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
University of British Columbia

"What! Biodiversity set-asides are powerless against climate change?"
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March 7, 2006
Dr. Peter Adams
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University CEE/EPP

"Effects of airborne particles on climate: an expert elicitation"
M. Granger Morgan, Peter J. Adams, and David W. Keith

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February 15, 2006
Dr. Virginia H. Dale
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6036

"Analyzing Land-Use Changes at Different Scales in Central Georgia"

January 19, 2006
Roland W. Scholz
Chair of Natural and Social Interface
Institute for Human Environment Systems,
Department of Environmental Sciences
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)

"Experts' Consensus Building on Technology Risks"
Information about the Natural and Social Science Interface (UNS)



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