The Fondazione Eni Enrico Matei and the University of Geneva, under the EU Integrated Project "ENSEMBLES" are organizing a Workshop on the Socio-Economic Drivers of Climate Change in Venice (Italy), 11-12 December 2008

Rationale for the meeting, programme, workshop report (scroll down for all information)




Rationale for the meeting

Understanding climate change means understanding the complex societal and economic dynamics, determining the amount of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Applied economics provides a number of modelling tools and analytical approaches, which could be fruitfully employed to generate and to assess economic scenarios, as well as to study the impacts of climate change on economic growth, trade flows, relative competitiveness of regions and industries, wealth and income distribution.

The Workshop aims to provide an overall introduction on economic models and tools, useful in the context of climate change analysis, and to present some recent findings obtained in the ENSEMBLES-based Predictions of Climate Change and their Impacts project.

The workshop is organised by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the University of Geneva within the ENSEMBLES project , an integrated project funded by European Commission's 6th Framework Programme under the Thematic Sub-Priority "Global Change and Ecosystems". The project aims to:

- Develop an ensemble prediction system for climate change based on the principal state-of-the-art, high resolution, global and regional Earth System models developed in Europe, validated against quality controlled, high resolution gridded datasets for Europe, to produce for the first time, an objective probabilistic estimate of uncertainty in future climate at the seasonal to decadal and longer timescales.

- Quantify and reduce the uncertainty in the representation of physical, chemical, biological and human-related feedbacks in the Earth System (including water resource, land use, and air quality issues, and carbon cycle feedbacks).

- Maximise the exploitation of the results by linking the outputs of the ensemble prediction system to a range of applications, including agriculture, health, food security, energy, water resources, insurance and weather risk management.

Workshop program

The workshop programme includes keynote talks by:

- Asbjorn Aaheim (CICERO, Norway) on “Economic equilibrium analyses of adaptation to the impacts of climate change;

- Martin Beniston (University of Geneva, Switzerland) on “Extreme events in a changing climate: social and economic considerations”

- Aline Chiabai (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy and Bilbao Center for Climate Change, Spain) on “Economic Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services: Methodology and Values”

- Iddo Kan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) on “Economic assessment of climate change impacts on agriculture”

- Roberto Roson (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and University Ca’ Foscari Venice, Italy) on “Studying Climate Change with a General Equilibrium Dynamic Model”

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Workshop report

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List of participants


Presentations made at the meeting (pdf formats, by alphabetical order of speaker's family name)