Parallel session
Climate change

Even though energy systems are changing, greenhouse gases will continue to accumulate in the atmosphere for some time. Global average temperatures are now approximately one degree Celsius greater than in preindustrial times with substantial future warming already baked into the climate system.

While climate models have reasonably accurately predicted temperature rises, the sensitivity of the earth system to temperature rise may have been underestimated provoking calls for limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This session will assess recent evidence, including work undertaken as part of the DUCC – Development under Climate Change project, and consider the implications of ongoing climate change for the development prospects of low- and middle-income countries.

Session videos

Parallel 6.1 | Climate change

Joyashree Roy | Yohannes Gebretsadik | Channing Arndt | Q&A 


Ken StrzepekKenneth Strzepek | Chair 

Kenneth Strzepek is Professor Emeritus of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has spent over 30 years as a researcher and practitioner at the nexus of engineering, environmental and economics systems, primarily related to water resource planning and management, river basin planning, and modelling of agricultural, environmental, and water resources systems. Professor Strzepek has worked for a range of national governments as well as the United Nations, the World Bank and the USAID.

Joyashree Roy | Presenter | Presentation

Joyashree Roy is the inaugural Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Asian Institute of Technology. She was previously Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University, India where she initiated and coordinated the Global Change Programme and SYLFF Project. She is also an ICSSR national fellow and was Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL, Berkeley, USA. She is among the IPCC-2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning panel and in the Prince Sultan Bin Aziz award winning team for water.

Yohannes Gebretsadik  | Presenter | Presentation

Yohannes Gebretsadik has participated in large-scale research projects since 2003. His focus is mainly within the Nile Basin, in areas of flood protection and early warning, transboundary joint multipurpose projects, irrigation and drainage, watershed management, Basin wide Hydrologic Studies, and development of planning and decision support tools. He specializes in analysis involving Hydrologic and Water resources systems modelling.

Channing ArndtChanning Arndt  | Presenter | Presentation

Channing Arndt is Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He has 25 years of experience in development economics with seven years combined resident experience in Morocco and Mozambique. He has an established reputation for effectively building institutional capacity in Mozambique, South Africa, Morocco, Vietnam and within the framework of the African Economic Research Consortium.