This event will see separate talks from The University of Manchester's Joe Ravetz and Professor Richard Kingston.
14:00: Welcome and introduction with event chair (TBC)
14:05: Joe Ravetz, Research Fellow, Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Urban Institute at The University of Manchester
Beyond COP26 - tools for a ‘collective climatic intelligence’
14:30: Q&A with Joe Ravetz
14:40: Richard Kingston, Professor of Urban Planning and GISc, Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Urban Institute & Manchester Environmental Research Institute at The University of Manchester
The NERC Digital Solutions Hub
15:05: Q&A with Richard Kingston
15:15: Event Close
Joe Ravetz | A key challenge at COP26 was the apparent gap between proposed targets and realities on the ground. Highly technical net-zero targets or adaptation programs say little about the social, political and cultural dynamics in different regions, or the syndromes of corruption and inequality.
The Climate-Wise Toolkit was developed, first for analysis and mapping of such effects, and then for a systematic exploration of viable pathways, which can turn targets into actions. For the net-zero transformations promised by many governments, this offers a realistic and credible way to (a) get other governments to commit, and (b) turn such promises into action.
This prototype toolkit is based on a theory of collective climatic intelligence – the capacity for learning, innovation and collaboration between all stakeholders. It is currently on test with the global urban program ‘Peri-cene’, along with UK projects, and we plan to take the toolkit and Climate-wise program to the COP27.
Professor Richard Kingston | The NERC Digital Solutions Programme is developing a digital Hub and set of toolkits that exploits environmental and other data (social, economic & health) to create innovative digital services that deliver economic, societal and environmental benefits across the UK. The Hub will act as a gateway to a broad set of inter-connected toolkits that facilitate improved access and better use of data. The digital platform will have especially broad impacts on the environment, society and the economy by facilitating easier access and use of NERC data in business, government and society. The Hub will be integrated with wider social, economic, health and environmental datasets, to support decision making across a range of sectors. For stakeholders, the Hub will be the user-facing entry point that allows them to explore what NERC offers, ensuring that data and toolkits are findable and accessible. Data science, and the integration it requires, are highly complex and constantly evolving. Our approach recognises that computational tools need to 'sit' in the appropriate place in the technical ecosystem, and that users, particularly those who are new, must be supported in using and accessing them. Follow us @NERCdsh