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Resilience to severe weather


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On 21 October 2015, the British Embassy in Paris hosted a day of discussions on French-British collaboration on resilience to extreme weather, with talks from UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport, former vice-chair of IPCC WKI Dr. Jean Jouzel, as well as representatives from the Met Office and Meteo France, UK and French government departments, and the private sector.

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Resilience to severe weather

  1. 1. Resilience to Severe Weather Sir Mark Walport Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  2. 2. Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser • Health, wellbeing, security & resilience • Knowledge translated to economic advantage • The right science for emergencies • Underpinning policy with evidence • Advocacy and leadership for science Credit: iStockphoto
  3. 3. National Risk Register
  4. 4. Climate Change consequences for likelihood and impact
  5. 5. Focus on prevention and mitigation 5 Speech Title Prevent Mitigate RecoverRespond Credit: iStockphoto Credit: iStockphoto Credit: iStockphoto Credit: US Navy/Chad Zenthoefer
  6. 6. What can science contribute? Innovation: Managing Risk, Not Avoiding It, 27th March 2015
  7. 7. From Data to Knowledge Credit: US NOAA/PD Credit: Met Office Credit: Met Office
  8. 8. Linking data-sets
  9. 9. Importance of international collaboration: e.g modelling ocean currents
  10. 10. So what can we do? Better forecasting
  11. 11. So what can we do? Better data visualisation
  12. 12. So what can we do? Better long-term planning
  13. 13. So what can we do? Better communication
  14. 14. Conclusion • Focus more on preventing and mitigating risks • Investigate the potential of cascading risks and impacts • Use this knowledge to develop the tools necessary to deal with risks • Work together to share information and expertise • Communicating to the public effectively is vital
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