Climate change poses a challenge to our society, and calls for a profound rethink of the ways in which we manage the resources of the planet. To do so we need to improve the way in which we extract meaningful information from the ever growing amount of data we produce. Can climate services help us in this process? Where will our energy come from, and how do we unite to find the best solution? How do we design cities to be more resilient to climate uncertainties, and how do we secure our food for the future?

14.15 – Carlo Buontempo
14.30 – Alice Bell
15.00 – Kirsty Lewis
16.00 – Q&A

Biographies

Alice Bell is Head of Campaign Communications at the climate change charity, 10:10. As an academic, Alice was Head of Public Engagement at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, and Course Director for an interdisciplinary course on climate change at Imperial College London, where she also lectured in science communication. Alice has also taught at UCL and City University, and spent some time at American University in DC. As a journalist, she launched How We Get to Next as editor, as well as writing for the Road to Paris blog, Open Democracy, the BBC, the Guardian, the Observer, Times, Times Higher, Research Fortnight, Red Pepper and Al Jazeera.

Carlo Buontempo leads the climate adaptation team at the Met Office Hadley Centre. His team develops new tools to help companies and policy-makers managing their climate risk profile. Carlo has an extensive experience in generating regional climate scenarios using regional climate modelling. He has been the main scientific contributor to a number of projects and programs involving climate change adaptation in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Carlo is also actively exploring innovative ways to engage with a wide audience on climate related topics. He has been one of the contributors to OPAL the national survey on climate. This partially reflects work done throughout the years in collaboration with several British artist.

Kirsty Lewis leads the Climate Security Team at the Met Office Hadley Centre. The team is responsible for the delivery of climate advice and research support on all aspects of climate change related to security; in particular human security and food systems. Kirsty specialises in research into climate impacts and integration of climate science for policy planning, with particular emphasis on interpreting climate model output in the context of the sensitivity of complex systems.