ICB2017 is the International Society of Biometeorology’s 21st International Congress of Biometeorology. The theme for ICB2017 is Weather and Climate Information for Risk Management. The background to the theme and the purpose of ICB2017 are outlined below.
Atmospheric processes exert a strong influence on a range of human activities, ecosystem services and hence human development. Accordingly, there is now a demand from a variety of sectors for weather and climate information. In many ways this has led to the emergence of climate risk management (CRM) as a distinct field of pure and applied research. A clear manifestation of the global recognition of the potential significance of climate information for risk management is the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
Theoretically through developing and incorporating science-based weather and climate information and prediction into planning, policy and practice, better management of the risks and opportunities arising from climate variability and change will be enabled. However the question remains “what type of weather and climate information and for whom”.
Given this, the purpose of ICB2017 will be to reflect upon the efficacy of knowledge production in biometeorology and cognate disciplines in relation to information provision for managing weather and climate related risks. It is expected that such a theme will attract papers from a wide range of science, social science, medical and health disciplines that are likely to touch upon improved methods for describing the nature (probability, magnitude, location) of climate events, weather and climate impacts on society, developments in the assessment of exposure and vulnerability to climate extremes, how climate anomalies may propagate through socio-ecological systems, the evaluation of risk management decision support tools, barriers to the uptake of weather and climate information and current scientific limitations related to the production of the requisite weather and climate information for climate risk management.