Living with Floods and Droughts: Adapting to Hydro-Climatic Extremes

A panel discussion organised by the Oxford Water Network

Monday 1 December, 5pm, Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment

The overwhelming consensus from scientists is that humans are influencing the climate. The world faces potentially serious risks from a changing climate, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, published in March this year. Climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of water-related extreme events such as floods and droughts. While climate science is constantly evolving to provide a clearer picture of the potential impacts, the uncertainties attached to climate projections are high and the time and space scales at which they are made are often longer than those required by policymakers, water managers and practitioners making decisions at the national, regional and local level. How can science best inform adaptation policy and practice to reduce economic loss, human suffering and environmental damage?

Moderated by Dr Simon Dadson, Oxford University


Professor Mike Acreman, Science Area Lead, Natural Capital, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dr Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts, Met Office
Professor Declan Conway, Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
Professor Rob Wilby, Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling, Loughborough University

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The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome.