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International Symposium On Interfaces between Climate and Economic Dynamics
3-4 March, 2005, Interlaken, Switzerland

Organised by: NCCR-Climate; ProClim; Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; University of Bern; University of Geneva

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We invite you to participate in the NCCR-Climate symposium on the "Interfaces between Climate and Economic Dynamics" to be held in Interlaken (Switzerland), 3-4 March, 2005.

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Climate Change can be viewed as a cycle with four phases: economic activities cause emissions of GHGs, which cause climate changes, which inflict climate impacts, which feed back to economic activities and growth. A great deal of specialized research was conducted for each phase of the cycle. That research refers to the forecasts of the previous phase and feeds its own forecasts to the next. There exist thus four critical interfaces. The main purpose of this symposium is to explore those interfaces. To that end, it will forward the collective understanding of each phase and allow the specialists of each phase to express what type of data and forecasts they need from the previous phase and what they can supply to the next. This will facilitate the development of a coherent view of climate change, its causes and its consequences.

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The topics of the symposium include among other things:

  • Modeling and reconstructing past climate variability and change
  • Global climate modeling and forecasting
  • Predictability in current ocean GCMs
  • Integrated modeling of urban, regional and global air pollution
  • Valuing climate change impacts
  • Economic impact of sea-level rise
  • Impact on outdoor recreation activities
  • Air pollution health effects: towards an integrated assessment
  • Assessing the economic costs of carbon policy
  • Equity aspects of climate change policy
  • Uncertainty, irreversibility and learning
  • Impacts and adaptation in forestry and potential carbon sequestration
  • Climate decisions under uncertainty
  • Assessing technological options
  • The role of technological change in reducing energy intensity
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The registration fee will be 500 CHF (ca. 323 €) and for students 100 CHF (65 €), covering refreshments and lunches during the meeting plus the documentation.

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Pr. Martin Grosjean, University of Bern
Pr. Alain Haurie, HEC-Geneva, University of Geneva
Dr. Christoph Ritz, ProClim
Pr. Gunter Stephan, University of Bern
Pr. Philippe Thalmann, EPFL
Dr. Laurent Viguier, HEC Geneva and EPFL

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Interlaken is only two hours and twenty minutes away from Zurich airport or three hours from Geneva airport by intercity train. Interlaken has a unique position between Lakes Thun and Brienz. The tradition-rich resort is conveniently located in the middle of the Bernese Oberland holiday region, in the heart of an amazing Alpine world with magnificent views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau. Interlaken also offers a magnificent mountain world. The glorious glacier village of Grindelwald - an ideal departure point for trips to the world-famous Jungfraujoch - is a mere 20 kilometers away. Interlaken is a short train or bus ride away from the winter highlights of the Jungfrau Region or the slopes of Beatenberg and Habkern. The comfortable Interlaken Skibus takes guests from Interlaken to the valley stations of the Jungfrau Ski Region, a grandiose winter sports area for skiers, cross-country skiers and hikers. (see details at http://www.interlakentourism.ch/)

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Further details about registration, accommodation, travelling, can be found at the conference www page at

http://ecolu-info.unige.ch/~nccrwp4/GEMINI-E3/Interlaken.htm

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