Sea-level rise and weather extremes
A growing percentage of the human society is threatened by sea-level rise, which is a direct consequence of global environmental change. The severe threat to the people and natural environment in the world's coastal areas is emphasized by the expected increase of weather extremes, as Hurricane Katrina recently demonstrated in New Orleans. ESSP scientists seek to provide integrated approaches to reduce negative consequences for the people in the coastal areas.
Parallel Session 26, Global environmental change, natural disasters, and their implications on human security in coastal urban areas. Parallel Session 27, Droughts, floods and heat waves in a warmer world. Sea-level Rise and Weather Extremes Experts: John Church and Nick Harvey (sea-level rise), Michael Manton (climate extremes), Nobuo Mimura (sea-level rise), Karen O'Brien (human security), Jozef Pacyna (coastal zones)
Institutional Dimensions and Governance
If designed efficiently, institutions can help address the challenges of global environmental change, particularly issues of sustainability relating to carbon, food and water. ESSP researchers undertake a major comparative effort between environmental institutions worldwide to gain a better understanding of how these institutions can contribute more effectively and efficiently to global sustainability efforts.
Parallel Session 16, Comparative governance of carbon, water and food. Parallel Session 23, Global climate governance: Taking stock and moving beyond the Kyoto Protocol. Parallel S
Contact: Mareile Wolff
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research