Infrastructure webinar shares climate resilience innovations

Posted February 9th, 2021

By Sally Stevens, Communications & Engagement Manager at the IEA

Our latest webinar has brought together climate services users and stakeholders in China, as the success of our online global engagement in the face of Covid-19 restrictions continues.

More than 70 delegates joined the virtual infrastructure webinar to hear about exciting innovations in climate services relating to cities and urban development.

It was hosted by the China-Britain Business Council for the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) as part of our VIEWpoint project, which we are delivering for the Climate Science for Service Partnership (CSSP) China project.

The IEA, Met Office, Arup, Arup China and Savills China gave urban planners in China an insight into how to plan for potential changes in extreme weather events when designing and engineering urban infrastructure; to use ongoing observations to understand current risks and make scientific predictions about future climate, to match actions to threats and protect infrastructure in cities that is climate-sensitive.

Experts provide answers on prototype climate services

Slides were provided in English and Mandarin with simultaneous audio translation of the speakers. Delegates then had the opportunity to ask questions about the prototype tools developed to help businesses and policy makers understand for themselves current and future climate risks, from floods to heatwaves.

We are using our data visualisation, training and communications expertise to highlight the research and improve the uptake of climate services developed in the UK-China partnership across all sectors including the built environment, energy, water resources, agriculture and health. We are creating high quality resources, based on CSSP China research, in plain language to be accessible to wider audiences internationally. This includes data visualisation designed for users and decision-makers, training resources, video and written explainers in layperson’s language, animations and ‘behind the science’ interviews. These will be brought together in an online handbook, in Mandarin and in English, with links to resources that can be downloaded and shared.

The online, searchable, catalogue of CSSP China’s 350 published research papers will also be of great value to climate scientists and researchers around the world.

New resources will support climate research and training

All the materials will sit on a new website we have designed and built which will be accessible in China and internationally and will be launched in March. Many of the VIEWpoint materials will be published in Mandarin and in English to maximise accessibility.

CSSP China is a very successful bilateral project established back in 2014.  The research is carried out in collaboration with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the Institute of Atmospheric Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS), Chinese universities, UK universities and organisations. The work is funded by the Newton Fund which brings together leading scientists to support climate and weather resilient economic development and social welfare.

In almost a year of pandemic travel restrictions we have continued to deliver environmental projects and training with partners and governments around the world, including Colombia, Southeast Africa, St Lucia, Mauritius, Montserrat, Palau, Tonga and Vanuatu.

To find out more about the IEA’s services for data visualisation, training and engagement, please email info@the-iea.org

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