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Representing climate risk to non-scientists (co-organized)
Convener: Asher Minns  | Co-Conveners: Friederike Otto , Markus Reichstein 

Scientists have cumulatively and successfully engaged on the risks of climate and environmental change with national policymakers for decades, as demonstrated by the UN’s Paris Agreement, underlain by the Assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In parallel, the UN’s agreement on Sustainable Development Goals was advanced as a new way for measuring progress to sustainable development. A new challenge is emerging for scientists: How now to engage climate and environmental risk beyond national policymakers, and in particular, how to engage with decision-makers and stakeholders from industry, infrastructure, business, finance, and other sectors? These people are critical to collaboratively implementing and creating the markets and technologies for transformations to zero-carbon societies, adaptation, sustainable development.

Our session aims to assess how to effectively communicate climate risks in order to successfully engage beyond national policymakers. We also strive to evaluate how other sectors successfully communicate risk relevant to user needs. Abstracts are invited from authors who address the theory and practice of risk assessment and risk management related to climate change and climate mitigation, and/or risk of natural hazards.