Science to support decision-making

Our research is designed to address specific gaps in the science-policy interface and make climate science more accessible and usable.

Climate change impacts research has a key role to play in supporting decision-making in a changing climate. This includes helping policy-makers understand the implications of achieving (or missing) greenhouse gas reduction goals, and informing plans to develop and adapt to rising heat, changing rainfall patterns, and beyond.

We led a global initiative to investigate the implications of climate change mitigation goals (1.5°C vs. 2°C), supporting decisions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

We developed some of the first academic research into the UNFCCC negotiations on Loss and Damage. Current work includes investigating how analysis of the role of climate change in recent events (attribution) and analysis of future change (projection) can support adaptation planning, including how to quantify and communicate uncertainty.

This work is necessarily interdisciplinary and we are increasingly broadening our methods, and team, to include social science.

We have attended UNFCCC events to learn more about the policy context so that we can develop more useful research. Rachel James attended this Conference of the Parties (COP) in Egypt to better understand policy processes around adaptation for the SALIENT project.

Photo: View of the room during presidency consultations on the overarching cover decisions Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference 2022. Photo credit IISD/ENB.