Climate Decision Forum

The Climate Decision Forum (CDF) is a joint effort between CRED and the Columbia Climate Center meant to foster a community of interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration. Launched in the spring of 2011, the goal of CDF is to advance integration between social and physical science research, engineering, law, and business as they relate to climate. Meetings focus on rotating topics that explore the various facets of climate change.

CDF Meetings:

Monday, April 9, 2012
1:30-3:00pm, Calder Lounge, 1st Floor – Uris Hall, Columbia Business School, Morningside
Topic: Climate & Risk
Klaus Jacob: “Sea Level Rise: Moving Target, Risks and Public Enigma”
Katherine Thompson: “Does Experience Breed Complacency? The way we learn probabilities affects our perceptions of risk”
Presentations followed by open discussion.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
11-12:30pm, Room 305 (Schwarz Room), Russell Hall, Teachers College
Topic: Climate and Conflict, Including Global Food Markets
Marc Levy: “Evolution and Trends of Climate/Conflict Research”
Kyle Meng: “Global Food Markets and the Differential Impacts of Climate and Weather Shocks”
Presentations followed by open discussion.

Friday, November 18, 2011
2-3:30pm, 417 Schermerhorn
Alex Pfaff: “The Value of Dissemination from Consequential (and unshared) Asymmetries & The Value of Particular Approaches to Forecast Communication”
Alex will first provide perspective on individual choice whether to share or hide useful climate information in a bargaining setting. Secondly, he will provide an update on Forecast Format in CRED2.
Guillermo Podestá: “Decisions for the Following Season versus Planning for a Longer Horizon”
Guillermo will discuss how one reacts to uncertain climate trajectories on scales of more than one season.
Presentations followed by open discussion.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
3-4:30pm, 417 Schermerhorn
Presentation of “Utility of stochastic decadal simulations in water resource planning” by authors Arthur M. Greene, Lisa Goddard, and Paula Gonzalez of the International Research Institute for Climate & Society.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
2-3:30pm, 417 Schermerhorn
Discussion based on short presentations on the social science perspective by CRED members

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
10:00am, Comer Building, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Inaugural Meeting/Initial Planning
Discussion based on presentation on decadal climate variability by Lisa Goddard