ICLR Friday Forum - Climate Data, Ryan Ness

The next Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) workshop will be held on Friday November 13, 2015 from 10-11:30 in the ICLR Boardroom, 20 Richmond Street East, Suite 210. Participants are welcome to attend in person or join by Webex. Email Tracy Waddington if interested: twaddington@pacicc.ca.

Summary: Climate Data Preparing for the anticipated effects of climate change intuitively suggests that we need the best possible understanding and quantification of those effects. However, it can be challenging for practitioners to navigate the world of climate data. Not only can it be difficult to obtain information about our past and future climate and to discern which of the many sources should be used, but it is also a challenge to understand the limitations of the data and how it can be used appropriately and defensibly. The presentation will describe the current state and availability of climate data in Ontario, which is an illustrative case typical of most Canadian jurisdictions. The many sources of historic and future climate data will be described, along with a discussion about the pitfalls of pursuing precision in climate data when its application is inherently uncertain.

Speaker: Ryan Ness is Senior Manager of Research and Development at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. In this role, he is responsible for developing policy and technical solutions that allow the Authority to fulfill its water resources and ecological conservation mandate in the face of new and emerging challenges, including climate change. Ryan is a professional engineer with 16 years experience, 12 of which have been with the TRCA. He is currently pursuing a PhD in sustainability studies at the University of Waterloo.

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Event details
Friday, 13 November, 2015 - 10:00 - 11:30
Webex, ICLR
20 Richmond Street. E., Suite 210