27 May 2011. Together with the Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, and ISPRS, ESPI organised a two-day conference on “Remote Sensing Regional Climate Change - Potentials and Options to Adapt“ at its premises in Vienna.
The discussion on actions to mitigate climate change often focuses on the global scale. However, to monitor regional climate change allows for early action, as the regional perspective is more accessible to human action. The action could be directed towards adaption to climate change as well as towards utilisation of any beneficial climate effects. Remote sensing data might provide the actors with the necessary information to detect the local and regional risks – but also opportunities, like mining of natural resources or opening of new transport lines - and to react in a timely, efficient and specific manner.
Speakers of the conference(from left): Carl Friedrich Gethmann (Director, Europäische Akademie Gmbh), Cynthia Maan (ESA), Rainer Sandau (ISPRS), Mildred Trögeler (Resident Fellow, ESPI), Stephan Lingner (Deputy Director, Europäische Akademie Gmbh), Yves-Louis Desnos (ESA), Leen Hordijk (JRC; former Director of IIASA and currently member of ESPI’s Advisory Council), Herbert Allgeier (Chairman of ESPI's Advisory Council), Andreas Hense (Meteorologisches Institut, Bonn University), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director, ESPI) and Hans von Storch (Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht)
On the first conference day, ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl together with the Deputy Director of the EA Stephan Lingner and Rainer Sandau (Chairman of ISPRS’s International Policy Advisory Committee) welcomed the participants and set the scene for the conference. The first session was devoted to the possibilities to create a so called climate culture. Investigating into this topic, presentations were given by Andreas Hense (Meteorologisches Institut, Bonn University) and Hans von Storch (Institute for Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht), chaired by Stephan Lingner (EA) a lively debate integrating the audience demonstrated the need of efficient use of remote sensing data in the field of regional climate change and the need to stress on a political level the benefits that this data can have. This session closed with a philosophical lecture of the Director of the EA, Carl Friedrich Gethmann, on how to deal with the uncertain and limited knowledge in the field of climate research and geo-engineering.
The second conference day was divided into two sessions. Leen Hordijk (JRC; former Director of IIASA and currently member of ESPI’s Advisory Council) chaired the first session on space applications for assessing and managing climate change. In the course of this session Yves-Louis Desnos (ESA), Cynthia Maan (ESA), Gunter Schreier (ISPRS) as well as ESPI’s Resident Fellows Jana Robinson assessed the potentials and options to adapt to climate change by using remote sensing data. This session set the framework for the then following presentation on the policy challenges for Europe given by the Chairman of ESPI’s Advisory Council Herbert Allgeier. Two round table discussions were moderated by Kai-Uwe Schrogl. Whereas the first one questioned whether we have the right satellite capacities and capabilities to assess and analyse regional climate change, the second round table was devoted to the actual management of climate change with satellites as instruments.
Round table on analysis and assessment of regional climate change (from the left): Andreas Hense, Gunter Schreier, Stephan Lingner, Yves-Louis Desnos, Leen Hordijk and Kai-Uwe Schrogl
Round table on management of regional climate change (from the left): Jana Robinson, Herbert Allgeier, Stephan Lingner, Cynthia Maan, Mildred Trögeler and Kai-Uwe Schrogl
The conference was organised by ESPI’s Resident Fellow Mildred Trögeler. In the near future, proceedings with papers emanating from the presentations together with an elaboration of the conclusions and recommendations will be published as an ESPI Report co-edited by Mildred Trögeler and the EA’s Stephan Lingner.