Cascading Climate Impacts - Policy Simulation

Submitted by Robin Hocquet | published 5th Oct 2020 | last updated 13th Nov 2020
Cascading Climate Impacts - Policy Simulation
This policy simulation offers an interactive and productive arrangement between scientific and extra-scientific actors

This policy simulation offers an interactive and productive arrangement between scientific and extra-scientific actors

Summary

The Cascading Climate Impacts Simulation Project was developed within the CASCADES project.

CASCADES (Cascading Climate risks: towards ADaptive and resilient European Societies) is an EU-funded project that seeks to understand the conditions under which climate risks propagate beyond their geographical, sectoral, and temporal location in ways that may affect European stability and cohesion.

The main objective of CASCADES is to analyze the trade, political and financial channels through which climate change impacts might cascade into Europe from outside, significantly altering Europe’s risk exposure; and to support the design of a coherent European policy framework to address these risks.

Policy simulations help to bring researchers, policymakers and society together with the aim of collectively addressing complex problems. Policy simulations aim to bridge the gap between science and science users, and to create an environment for navigating complexity by integrating both problem-oriented (technical, physical, economic) and people-oriented (relational, social, psychological, ethical) issues. 

The Cascading Climate Impacts Simulation is a narrative-oriented experience that brings participants to the near future. Participants assume roles of representatives of various countries and organizations responsible for global safety and well-being. In these roles, they discuss and react to current affairs on an online platform. They are confronted with a scenario of dramatic events caused by the climate crisis, that starts from a global agricultural crisis leading to trade and supply chain disruptions. The participants are invited to working groups where they are asked to give their advice regarding some propositions for counteracting the emerging crises.

The goal of the series of workshops with the Cascading Climate Impacts Simulation is to integrate research generated by scientists with the knowledge and experience of stakeholders – and ultimately to develop an effective and efficient science-policy interface.

The Cascading Climate Impacts Simulation was developed within the CASCADES project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821010.

*Download the CASCADES policy brief from the right-hand column for more details on cascading climate impacts in Europe.