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Mechanisms and Interactions of Climate Change in Mountain Regions

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10th MICMoR Research Forum | May 11, 2017
KIT/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Keynote Talk
Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel (Faculty of Economics, LMU München & Ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources)
"Climate policy from a global perspective - A look at costs, benefits and post-paris challenges"

Abstract:
Wherever decisions have to be made under scarcity, economists aim to determine the costs and benefits associated with these decisions. While this may be (relatively) uncomlicated where individual investment decisions are concerned, estimating the costs and benefits of climate protection are unsurprisingly a thousand fold more complex.
Following a brief introduction to the current state of global climate policy and challenges related to reaching the 1.5°C target, this talk offers a first take on the principles and difficulties involved in putting a monetary value on climate protection efforts. These difficulties result in vastly diverging cost and benefit estimations. Studies have, for example, put the social costs of emitting a ton of carbon in the range from scarcely US$ 7 to an astonishing US$ 2400. While both values are, admittedly, outliers, they reflect very well the magnitude to which cost estimates depend on methodology, assumptions and calibration.

Progress reports by MICMoR Fellows

Karl Voglmeier:
Ammonia and grazing systems: from line-integrated NH3 measurements to emissions

Michael Weber:
Using terrestrial LiDAR-data to monitor snow cover and to improve hydrological modelling on the Zugspitzplatt.

Steven Hill:
Monitoring structural forest parameters using multi-source remote sensing data.

Felix Wiß:
How regional air quality is affected by volatile organic compounds emitted from bioenergy plants.

Birgitta Putzenlechner:
How to reduce sampling bias of 2-flux FAPAR measurements in forest ecosystems - a comparison between Graswang/Bavaria and Peace River/Canada.

Sofía Calvo Rodríguez:
Spatial variability of greenhouse gas emissions in a pre-alpine Bavarian grassland.

David Gampe:
Comparison of available gridded precipitation data sets over an Alpine catchment.

Jamie Smidt:
Land-atmosphere exchange of CO2 in Bavarian agricultural landscapes.

 

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