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Climate, Ecosystems and Development

2009-04-30 - 2009-04-30

100th Stockholm Seminar, Thursday April 30, 2009, 10.00-13.00.

The global challenges of climate change, ecosystem management and human welfare are interlinked.

In the end human development is dependent on services from healthy ecosystems, which are being eroded by climate change. The interaction between climate and ecosystems are complex, yet the climate issue in itself may be more complex then the IPCC has been able to cope with.

Glaciers are one area where complexity issues like tipping points, risk assessment, and risk management is studied and evaluated. Given this complexity of ecosystems and climate: can we understand enough to allow for development, like achieving end of hunger and malnutrition? And what are the possibilities that these complex issues will be addressed at the climate change world summit in Copenhagen (COP 15) in December?

This seminar is the 100th in the series of Stockholm Seminars. Through collaboration between Stockholm-based research-institutes focused on sustainability, and Albaeco, visiting researcers are invited to give an open lecture at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Since the first Stockholm Seminar with Jill Jäger in August 2000 there has been a great range of distinguished researchers passing through the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This day we will celebrate the 100th seminar linking the three great challenges our societies' face.

10:00 Welcome, Moderator: Louise Hård af Segerstad, Albaeco

10:10 Introduction: Why climate change also is about development and
human well being
Johan Rockström, Professor and Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

10:20 Ice sheets in a warming climate - mechanisms, impacts, and time perspectives
Johan Kleman, Professor and Director, Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University

10:40 Future challenges for the IPCC
Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences, Princeton University

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Are we ready? Institutional dimensions of ecological crises
Dr. Victor Galaz, political scientist, Stockholm Resilience Centre

11:50 Interrelationships between the ecosystems and climate systems - complexity and tipping points
Carl Folke, Professor and Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

12:10 Comments from Lars Erik Liljelund, Director General, Prime Minister´s Office, responsible for Climate Change and The Baltic Sea

12:20 -13:00 Open Discussion


No registration is needed. Please contact Astrid Auraldsson tel: +46 8 673 95 00, or Louise Hård af Segerstad tel +46 8 - 674 75 12 for questions.


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