Chair: Gary Yohe, Wesleyan University
A global forum on the economic benefits of climate change policies was held at OECD headquarters in Paris on 6-7 July 2006. Thirty-five experts and observers from around the globe participated in this forum, including experts from Africa and India. The themes approached were methods, metrics, national/sectoral reports, risk management, consumers' needs and provocative proposals to significantly advance the state of the art.
Summary Report (includes list of experts present)
c) Cross-cutting Issues in Climate Change Impact Assessment, Alistair Hunt (University of Bath; Metroeconomica): paper, presentation.
Discussant: Charlie Kolstad (University of California, Santa Barbara): presentation
a) Coastal Zones: 2000-2500, Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton): paper: "Metrics for Assessing the Economic Benefits of CC Policies: Sea level rise", presentation.
b) Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Metrics for Agriculture, Cynthia Rosenzweig (Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York): presentation.
c) Issues for Ecosystems, Anthony Janetos (H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment): presentation.
d) Impacts of Climate Change as a (Social) Risk Assessment, Thomas Downing (Stockholm Environmental Institute): paper, presentation.
Discussant: Jean Palutikof (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
c) Climate Change Damages in Africa, Anthony Nyong (University of Jos, Nigeria): presentation.
d) Assessing the Impacts of and Adapting to Climate Change in India, Sumana Bhattacharya (Winrock International, India): presentation.
Discussant: Richard Klein (Stockholm Environmental Institute)
4. RISK MANAGEMENT
a) Risk management approaches to a climate policy portfolio, Roger Jones (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research): paper (Jones & Yohe), presentation.
b) Risk management approaches to a climate policy portfolio, Hadi Dowlatabadi (University of British Columbia): paper (Dowlatabadi & Cook), presentation presentation (given by Gary Yohe).
c) Placing climate policy in a portfolio of energy policies, Richard Tol (Hamburg, Vrije and Carnegie Mellon Universities): presentation.
d) Critical thresholds and "tipping points" in the Earth system, Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research): presentation.
Discussant: Ian Burton (Environment Canada)
5. THOUGHTS FROM "CONSUMERS"
a) Robert O'Connor (US National Science Foundation): presentation "The Public and Climate Change Policies."
b) Ursula Fuentes (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany): presentation "Some comments from the point of view of policymakers."
c) Chris Hope (University of Cambridge): presentation, paper: "How much is better information about climate sensitivity worth?" (Hope & Alberth).
Summary report to be posted soon.