Author(s): Berry, P., Betts, R., Harrison, P. and Sanchez-Arcilla, A. (eds)

Year: 2017

Type: Other publications



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Policy booklet: understanding impacts and adaptation to high-end climate scenarios in Europe

SEI 2017 IMPRESSIONS fig 20 copyChange in climate and habitat suitability for 112 species under increasing levels of climate change. An example of the scenarios work presented in this policy booklet.

More than 150 researchers from leading scientific institutions across Europe working in three major EU-funded projects, IMPRESSIONS, HELIX and RISES-AM, have synthesized research knowledge for key policy sectors on impacts and adaptation under high-end climate change.

While the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, aims at limiting global warming to well below 2°C, concerns remain that current global greenhouse gas emissions are on track to warm the climate by more than that target. In order to adapt to high-end climate change and foster actions to avoid it, it is vital that decision-makers have access to reliable scientific information on these uncertain, but potentially high-risk, scenarios of the future.

The booklet features research, packaged for policy-makers, on impacts and adaptation relevant to sectors including food, freshwater, forestry, coastal protection, nature conservation, urban areas, human health and foreign policy. It also addresses cross-cutting impacts, challenges and opportunities for transformational change as a response to multiple, interacting risks.


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Read an op-ed based on the research