What is the thematic focus of the conference?

The conference will focus on uncertainties in Earth system sciences. There is a multitude of causes for uncertainties in different research fields and they are sometimes multiplied in interdisciplinary research. Examples include:

  • Limited understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes and interactions;
  • Finite resources in modelling, observation and analysis;
  • Uncertainties in the context of Earth system governance;
  • Uncertainties in environmental impacts, their perception and communication.

These types of uncertainties and its consequences are dealt with in our daily scientific work; they are explicit focus, implicit motivation, boundary condition or constraint to our work. In this conference we want you to embed your own research into the bigger question of how your specific discipline deals with uncertainty.

To guide our discussion we will have three invited lectures:

  • Warm, Hot ... Freezing! - From past climate variability to future climate change by Eli Tziperman (Harvard University, US)
  • Targets for global climate policy: An overview by Richard Tol (University of Sussex, UK)
  • Climate Change, Scientific Uncertainty, Skepticism and Politics: A Thirty Year History by Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam, NL)

In addition, we will have a panel discussion: Uncertainty at the science-policy interface: why does it all go wrong?

With invited discussants:

  • Alexander Otto (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK)
  • Inge Paulini (German Advisory Council on Global Change)
  • Michael Pregernig (Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany)
  • Hauke Schmidt (Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany)

How can I participate in the conference?

To participate in ICYESS means to make an active contribution: you will present your research and give an assessment of how you deal with uncertainty in your work or respective discipline. Uncertainty as common focus of all presentations will guide the interdisciplinary discussions throughout the conference.

The deadline for abstract submission was 01 June 2013. We thank all authors for submitting their contributions.