11 November 2013 - 22 November 2013


IIASA experts are participating in the annual UNFCCC Climate Change Conference, this year in Warsaw, Poland.

cop19 warsaw ©Mateusz W?odarczyk

cop19 warsaw ©Mateusz W?odarczyk

IIASA research focuses on many issues related to climate change, including efforts to reduce emissions from land use change and deforestation, emissions scenarios that underlie IPCC reports, evaluations of climate risk, mitigation options, and adaptation scenarios.

At COP19, the annual climate negotiation conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), IIASA researchers will participate in several side events aimed at providing their expertise to policymakers. This year, REDD+ efforts in particular play an important role in the negotiations.

COP19 Side Event Participation

On Wednesday, 13 November, IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) program leader Michael Obersteiner will join a side event focused on achieving REDD+ goals through public-private partnerships. The event is co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

On Saturday, 16 November, IIASA researcher Zbigniew Klimont will participate in a side event focused on climate change in polar and mountain regions, entitled "Cryosphere and Development: Rapid Climate Change in Polar and Mountain Regions --What It Means and What We Can Do About It." At the event, researchers will present the recent World Bankd Report, "On Thin Ice."

Global Landscapes Forum

On Saturday and Sunday, 16-17 November, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will take place in conjunction with COP19, also in Warsaw. IIASA ESM researchers are co-organizing a technical session at the forum, which will focus on land-use change models for REDD+. 

On Saturday, 16 November, participants in an IIASA co-hosted technical session at the GLF will address the question, “How useful are land-use change models?” Michael Obersteiner moderates the session The participants will report their experience in applying IIASA’s GLOBIOM model in the Congo basin and Brazil. IIASA researchers Florian Kraxner, Aline Mosnier, and Johannes Pirker will also participate in the session.

COP19 Cryosphere Day

On Sunday, 17 November, Klimont will participate in COP19 Cryosphere Day, a day of events focused on the frozen regions of the planet. There he will join researchers from the World Bank and the Joint Research Council (JRC) to present the results of a new World Bank Report, "On Thin Ice." Klimont will talk about the set of proposed measures that were chosen with the GAINS model (as well as estimated their impact on emissions of methane and air pollutants). The implications of introducing these measures within next decades on cryosphere and health impacts were assessed with help of climate models and health impact assessment framework.

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