Dealing with Climate Impact

William Kamphuis

Friday 3 july 2015

9:30 - 9:45h at Europe 2 (level 0)

Themes: (T) Extreme events, natural variability and climate change, (ST) Learning from disasters

Parallel session: 14I. Extreme events - Lessons Disaster

This paper discusses the background of Climate Change (CC) research and how CC impacts Coastal/Fluvial professionals. It notes that our professional interest is really in Climate Impact (CI), rather than CC, and that there is very little good information on CI. The three main thrusts of the paper are: 1) How our education system needs to be changed if it is to supply enough competent young professionals in the near future to deal with CI. 2) How to learn about CI through a highly focused and closely coordinated research program to collect and analyze data from recent incidents of CI. 3) How Coastal/Fluvial professionals must work hard at a number of levels so that both the above needs will be recognized and adequately met.

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