HFP recently hosted a seminar in London on the interface between climate science and humanitarian planning. Megan Rowling posted an excellent piece on the seminar on AlterNet, which can be found here.
The seminar identified several key barriers to better communication between climate scientists and humanitarian strategists. One problem is time frames – most climate models predict changes in the 20, 50, or 100 year time frame – well beyond the planning horizon of most humanitarian organisations. A second barrier had to do with geographic scale; most models are unable to produce decision-relevant forecasts for small enough geographic areas to be of value to humanitarian groups. For their part, climate scientists argued that they didn’t get the kind of feedback they needed from humanitarian aid groups to be able to provide scientific output they could use.
The seminar concluded with several recommendations, as highlighted by Rowling in her AlterNet piece. These include:
HFP will be synthesizing and summarising the seminar in more detail for key stakeholders in the near future. Drop us a line if you’re interested in receiving these summaries.