24-28 March 2014Digital Methods Initiative
The collaborative research project EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) is pleased to announce the second in its series of four sprints dedicated to mapping climate change controversies, entitled Coping with Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation, its Limits and Post-adaptation Mechanisms. The sprint will take place between 24 and 28 March 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. The sprint is five days, with the first day dedicated to presentations by issue experts, three days devoted to project work and the last day devoted to presentations of outcomes and next steps. EMAPS project members, as well as external climate change experts, designers, developers and new media researchers are invited to participate in the sprint.
The 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in November 2013, culminated in the establishment of an international mechanism for loss and damage. According to the UNFCCC Decision CP.19, such an international mechanism include[s] functions and modalities to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Some of the adverse effects prompting this arrangement include extreme weather events and sea level rise.
Crucially, the same document acknowledges that loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change includes, and in some cases involves more than, that which can be reduced by adaptation. This recognition of the limits of adaptation marks the opening up of the climate change debates to a new phase that deals with loss and damage as a consequence of the failure to adapt and to mitigate.
The sprint Coping with Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation, its Limits and Post-adaptation Mechanisms addresses national and urban adaptation mechanisms, as well as mechanisms to cope with vulnerability post-adaptation, such as the increasingly prominent loss and damage arrangement. Building on a Digital Methods Initiative workshop from October 2013, this sprint also explores other prominent scenarios resulting from the limits or failure to adapt, such as risk management, regional tensions and conflict.
Vulnerability is given a range of definitions. A number of different variables, from environmental disasters, to habitat change and industry stress, are taken into account in the measurement of vulnerability.
Maplecrofts Climate Change Vulnerability Index indicates seven cities central to global economic activity as subject to extreme risk: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Manila (the Philippines), Bangkok (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), Jakarta (Indonesia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Kolkata (India).
As the relatively new issue of loss and damage enters the institutional agenda, we ask:
As the discourse around the issue of climate change and conflict intensifies, we ask:
24 March, 9.30-17.00. Issue expert presentations. Location: University Library, Singel 425, Doelenzaal (C0.07)
25 March, 9.30-17.00. Data sprint. Location: Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, rooms 0.12, 0.13 and 0.14.
26 March, 9.30-17.00. Data sprint. Location: Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, rooms 0.12, 0.13 and 0.14.
27 March, 9.30-17.00. Data sprint. Location: Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, rooms 0.12, 0.13 and 0.14.
28 March, 9.30-11.00 Presentation preparation. Location: Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, rooms 0.12, 0.13 and 0.14. 11.15-12.45 Presentations. Location: University Library, Singel 425, Belle van Zuylenzaal (C1.13).
How to get to/from Schiphol Airport?
We recommend taking the train which departs from Schiphol airport to Amsterdam Central (Railway) Station approximately every 15 minutes: http://www.schiphol.nl/Travellers/ToFromSchiphol.htm
How to get to the University of Amsterdam from the Central Railway Station?
Media Studies Building
Take tram 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 and disembark at Spui/Rokin, then walk to Oude Turfmarkt, enter through the passageway, and walk to the Media Studies building, Turfdraagsterpad 9.
Take tram 1, 2 or 5 and get off at Koningsplein. Head northeast on Koningsplein toward Reguliersdwarsstraat. Turn left onto Singel and the library will be on your right.Map of the different locations:
EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) is a collaborative research project that aims to get a better understanding of whether the web can provide a meaningful equipment to produce an enhanced interest of a wider public in science and technology issues, not as receivers of information about end results of science, but as potential participants in science in the making. To do that, the project focuses on the emerging uses of the web as a tool of collective endeavor and public debate around two techno-scientific issues: ageing and and climate change adaptation.
The EMAPS consortium comprises of: Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), the University of Amsterdam, the Institute of Spatial Planning at the University of Dortmund, Barcelona Media, Politecnico di Milano/ Density Design and The Young Foundation.
For more information about this sprint please contact the organisers Liliana Bounegru (liliana.bounegru[at]digitalmethods.net) and Natalia Sanchez-Querubin (n.sanchezquerubin[at]uva.nl).
Top-page image: 'Climate Vulnerability World Map'. The map indicates the least and most vulnerable countries, as well as the uncertain ones, based on the triangulation of three vulnerability indexes: the DARA Climate Vulnerability Monitor (CVM), Germanwatch and the GAIN Index. Source: Digital Methods Initiative Climate Conflicts workshop, October 2013