GETTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY ON THE TABLE: FROM CONCEPT TO ACTION PLAN
University of British Columbia
Universities, institutions and communities across the globe are taking action on climate change and sustainability. Some are developing discreet climate action and sustainability plans, while others are integrating climate adaptation planning into existing planning processes and decision-making frameworks. Drawing from several approaches, this session is intended to equip participants with an understanding of the best practices, tools and steps to advance climate action and sustainability planning within their context. This session will include an “action planning” breakout component where participants will have the chance to apply suggested methods to identify and prioritize actions across key thematic areas (e.g. energy conservation/renewables; carbon emissions; water; waste; materials; landscape, ecology and biodiversity, and other relevant categories), as a basis to help inform their institutional plan.
UNDERSTANDING PAST CLIMATE OBSERVATIONS
Dr. Adam Fenech
University of Prince Edward Island
1. Acquiring Climate Observations - This section provides the knowledge and tools necessary to understand how to acquire climate observations and how to organize and quality control/assure them for analysis. Introductions are given to monitoring the climate (instruments, siting, records, automation); acquiring climate data through national and international climate datasets; climate data management; downloading climate datasets; and quality controlling/assuring climate data. The section is designed to provide access to tools for obtaining climate observations.
2. Climate Data Analysis - This section provides the knowledge and tools necessary to analyze climate observations for trends and extreme values. It includes organizing and visualizing data; analyzing climate data for annual, seasonal and monthly trends; and the characterization of climate datasets. The section is designed to provide the tools for the long-term analysis of climate.
3. Calculating Indicators of Climate Extremes - This section provides the knowledge and tools for calculating indicators of climate extremes. It includes an introduction to the over 400 climate indices in the scientific literature; guidance on the selection of international and national climate indices recommended for climate change studies; and methods for calculating climate indices and extremes using the database created during the day. The section is designed to provide the skills for understanding climate extremes in your region.