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Imagining the Unprecedented: Developing Climate Risk Storylines

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Dr. Liese Coulter
February 24, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

This event was held online, using Zoom Meetings.

It is difficult to imagine risks we haven’t faced before, even with the unprecedented events we have experienced over the last year. Dr Coulter will present work from the Horizon 2020 funded RECEIPT project, which is developing climate risk storyline methods. Visualisation tools, models and storylines combine to offer methods for researchers and stakeholders to imagine and communicate extreme, remote and previously unlikely climatic events, their consequences and implications.

From sea-level rise to floods, storms or droughts, this presentation will illustrate how climate storylines and adaptation pathways are complimentary and support scientists and decision makers to: link across temporal and spatial scales, help manage uncertainty and guide co-production of solutions.

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Based in British Columbia, Canada, Liese Coulter is a Visiting Researcher at the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on methods to develop climate risk storylines, the intersections of climate knowledge, narrative communication and future thinking, and communicating information to support adaptation. During her 2018-19 Mitacs Science Policy Fellow with the Ministry of Agriculture in Brish Columbia, Liese developed a framework and user guide for Climate Change Adaptation Pathways, written to help communities and agricultural producers develop shared adaptation goals and objectives with a focus on sustainable local food. She was a contributing editor for Communicating Climate Change Information for Decision-Making, published by Springer. Liese’s perspective on adaptation to extreme weather events is shaped by volunteer experience with the Australian Red Cross, managing evacuation centres in Queensland and The Northern Territory in times of flood and fire.