International Conference on El Niño
In an effort to increase scientific understanding of this event and help boost resilience, a high-level El Niño conference will take place on 17 and 18 November 2015
In an effort to increase scientific understanding of this event and help boost resilience, a high-level El Niño conference will take place on 17 and 18 November 2015 from 9:00-18:30 EDT. It is jointly organized by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the World Meteorological Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The conference will:
- Provide an overview of the 2015 El Niño and its potential impacts
- Explore the connection between the current El Niño and global change
- Foster dialogue between climate scientists and development practitioners to strengthen action for climate resilience and sustainable development
- Examine the progress, and lessons learned, over the last 20 years in international, national and regional climate services, with a focus on El Niño
Senior experts from meteorological services and research institutes around the world will present national case studies about the current El Niño. Representatives of development agencies, academia, and the private sector will lead discussions on the impacts on health, water, disaster management, energy, and agriculture and food security. They will discuss issues such as lesson learned since the 1997/98 event, connecting research to operational communities, and defining adequate and appropriate El Niño response strategies and public messaging. They will also help define future priorities for enhancing climate resilience and sustainable development. The event is invitation only but can be live streamed.