The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Climate Change

IAIA17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change

Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century. Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues: from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

Impact Assessment (IA) science and practice are strongly challenged by climate change. IA will contribute to ensuring that future development outcomes are not jeopardized by present-day decisions, and to identifying resilient adaptation measures to reduce and manage the adverse effects of climate change. The IAIA17 Conference will cover the cutting edge of IA information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

AGWA members will be attending the conference and leading a theme forum entitled "Standardizing Uncertainty: Systematic Approaches to Climate Resilience for Water Security."

Geomorphic & Climatic Controls on Water Temperature & Streambed Scour, Copper R. Delta, AK

Geomorphic & Climatic Controls on Water Temperature & Streambed Scour, Copper River Delta, AK: Implications for Understanding Climate Change Impacts to the Pacific Salmon Egg Incubation Environment

Climatic changes are projected to impact Pacific Salmon egg incubation by increasing the magnitude and frequency of winter floods and by raising water temperatures. More powerful and more frequent winter floods could reduce the survival of salmon eggs by increasing streambed scour. Projected increases in water temperature may accelerate embryo development, impacting juvenile viability.

Researchers collected water temperature and stream stage data year-round and surveyed channel geometry at salmon spawning reaches on the Copper River Delta, a large coastal foreland in South-central Alaska. They calculated streambed scour and compared water temperatures during climatological mean and anomalously warm incubation periods to elucidate potential climate change impacts.

Join us by attending this free online webinar to learn more about climate change impacts on riverine systems and Pacific Salmon. Read More...

Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network and Future Climate for Africa are hosting a public event on "Adapting Rwanda’s economy to a changing climate." The event will take place at ODI's offices in London, but people can participate either in person or through an online simulcast.

Climate change is already under way and set to continue for the next few decades, even as countries take action to tackle its longer-term effects. With the mercury rising and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, drought and heavy rains becoming more common, climate change is a development issue now. Developing countries that depend heavily on farming, fishing and forestry are especially vulnerable. Rwanda is such a case: its lucrative tea and coffee sectors employ millions of people. Hear from expert panelists on these urgent issues facing Rwanda and other developing countries. Read More...