Energy Seminar: Katharine Mach, What Next for Climate? Assessing the Risks and the Options

Sponsored by Precourt Institute for Energy


Monday, March 6, 2017
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
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NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
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Katharine Mach, Senior Research Scientist, Earth System Science, Stanford University, Director, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility

Talk abstract:

Over decades, assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many others has bolstered understanding of the climate problem: unequivocal warming, pervasive impacts, and serious risks from continued high emissions of heat-trapping gases. Societies are increasingly responding with early actions to decarbonize energy systems and prepare for impacts. In this emerging era of climate solutions, new assessment opportunities arise. They include learning from ongoing real-world experiences and helping close the gap between aspirations and the pace of progress. Against this backdrop, the talk will address core challenges in assessment, in particular: (1) integrating diverse evidence; (2) applying rigorous expert judgment; and (3) deeply embedding interactions between experts and decision-makers. Examples span climate risks and portfolios of mitigation and adaptation responses. For climate and broader global change, the presentation will explore how transparent, high-traction assessment can support decisions about contested and uncertain futures.

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