Web tools for communicating climate change information 11-12 June 2009, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki

Original programme and invitation.
CCCRP Project organised an international workshop on web tools for communicating climate change information. The objective of the workshop was to assist the CCCRP project in designing a Finnish climate change portal and to facilitate further collaboration between the participants in planning and realization of web tools for communicating climate change information. Speakers from several countries with strong experience in climate change information dissemination and/or design of web tools for education and communication of scientific information were invited to the workshop.

The workshop programme is below. The workshop was streamed live in the Internet and the presentations and discussion were video recorded. The video clips and slides of the presentations can be accessed through the associated links!

Thursday 11 June 2009

Chair of the morning session: Reija Ruuhela, Finnish Meteorological Institute

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome and purpose of this meeting
Juhani Damski, Director of Weather and Safety, Finnish Meteorological Institute

09:15 - 09:30
Introduction to CCCRP
Juha Karhu, CCCRP Project Leader, Finnish Meteorological Institute

09:30 - 10:00
Tools for displaying and delivering observations of regional climate
Albert Klein-Tank, KNMI, De Bilt, the Netherlands

Albert Klein Tank works as a scientist at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI, De Bilt. One of his current activities is Climate scenarios for the Netherlands project. More of him: http://www.knmi.nl/~kleintan

10:00 - 10:30
CCCRP plans for representing observed and future Finnish climate
Ari Venäläinen, Finnish Meteorological Institute

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30
Tools for displaying information and data on future regional climate
Neil Comer, Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada

Neil Comer works as a climatologist/manager at the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division of Environment Canada in Toronto. One of his current activities includes application of the Canadian climate change scenarios network (www.cccsn.ca) for adaptation studies. More of him: http://ec.gc.ca/scitech/default.asp?lang=En&n=CEFADBFF-1

11:30 - 11:45
Norwegian tools for representing climate data
Hans Olav Hygen, Norwegian Meteorological Institute

11:45 - 12:00
Stakeholder perspectives on climate change observations and projections
Johanna af Hällström, City of Helsinki

12:00 - 12:30
Discussion on communicating climate data and scenarios

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break

Chair of the afternoon session: Timothy Carter, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

13:30 - 13:50
Local mitigation of climate change - user needs identified in CCCRP
Matti Melanen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

13:50 - 14:30
Tools for informing about local mitigation of climate change
Helen Chalmers, CAG Consultants, UK; via teleconferencing!

Helen Chalmers works as a senior consultant at CAG Consultants - a small cooperative of consultants who work from their homes around UK. Among other things, she has evaluated climate change tools for local authorities, and produced a guide for English local authorities on climate change tools and guidance; and a database and guidance to support Scottish local authorities work in mitigating and adapting to climate change. More of her: http://www.cagconsultants.co.uk/about_cag/people/helen_chalmers.html

14:30 - 14:45
Discussion on communicating climate change mitigation

14:45 - 15:00
Information flow on climate change to decision makers - results from CARePol survey
Heikki Tuomenvirta, Finnish Meteorological Institute

15:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:00
Tools for informing about climate change impacts and adaptation
Alastair Brown, UKCIP, Oxford, UK

Alastair Brown works as a science officer at UK Climate Impacts Programme, Oxford.

16:00 - 16:15
CCCRP plans for illustrating impacts of climate change in Finland
Stefan Fronzek, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

16:15 - 16:30
CCCRP plans for addressing climate change adaptation
Simo Haanpää, Centre for Urban and Regional Planning, Helsinki University of Technology

16:30 - 16:45
Integrated Management for Climate Change Response
Esther Kreutz, Union of Baltic Cities Commission of Environment

16:45 - 17:00

Stakeholder perspectives on integrating local adaptation and mitigation

Heidi Tuhkanen, BalticClimate, Stockholm Environment Institute

Dinner at Ruutikellari (Gunpowder magazine) in Suomenlinna

Friday 12 June 2009

Chair of the morning session: Timothy Carter

09:00 - 09:10
Reflections on day one of the workshop
Timothy Carter

09:10 - 09:30
The Norwegian Adaptation Programme and web-portal on adaptation
Guro Andersen, The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning

09:30 - 10:00
Danish web tools for adaptation and mitigation
Louise Grøndahl, Danish Energy Agency

Louise Grøndahl works at the Danish Energy Agency and develops the new Danish www.Klimatilpasning.dk -adaptation portal.

10:00 - 10:30
Discussion on communicating climate change response measures

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:20
Are ordinary persons really interested in climate change mitigation?
Tuuli Kaskinen, Demos (http://demos.fi/english)

11:20 - 11:40
CCCRP plans for designing an e-learning educational tool
Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Finnish Meteorological Institute

11:40 - 12:00
The international school campaign CO2nnect - communities and web tools
Lea Houtsonen, Finnish National Board of Education
Lea Houtsonen works at the The Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE). Among other things she is national focal point of Environment and School Initiatives (ENSI) and CO2nnect - CO2 on the way to school -campaign.

12:00 - 12:20
Discussion on educational tools for learning about climate change

12:20 -12:30
Stakeholder perspectives on discussion on Thursday
Pauliina Jalonen, City of Helsinki

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break

Chair of the afternoon session: Juha Karhu

13:30 - 14:00
Panel observations
Klein-Tank, Comer, Brown, Grøndahl & Kreutz

14:00 - 14:30
General discussion

14:30 - 14:45
Brief reflections on the outputs of the meeting
Reija Ruuhela, CCCRP Steering Group representative
14:45 - 15:00
Closing remarks
Juha Karhu, CCCRP Project Leader, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Original programme and invitation