Coastal Seminar 2018/19 – Implications of 1.5oC Global Warming

Speaker: Dr Sally Brown, Dr Philip Goodwin, Dr Ivan Haigh, Prof Robert Nicholls

Title: Workshop on Coastal and Marine Implications of 1.5oC Global Warming and the Future of the Paris Agreement

When: Monday, 08 October 2018, 18:00–20:00

Where: NOCS – Charnock Lecture Theatre 104/20


2015 was a monumental year for the climate change community, where policy makers came together in Paris to agree on ‘holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels’. Since then, scientists have been working hard to produce evidence for a Special Report to be released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 8th October 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Several Southampton scientists have contributed scientific evidence towards this report, particularly on sea-level rise in coastal zones. SMMI is hosting a special seminar to recognise the importance of this report, where five Southampton scientists will present and discuss the science, contributions, and significance of their findings, in light of the important policy target of a warming of 1.5°C pre-industrial levels. Join us to hear more about the science and followed by a panel discussion on policy implications of the results.



Dr. Ivan Haigh’s research is focused on sea level rise and coastal flooding; and he will present on ‘Background to the IPCC Report/Paris Agreement’

Dr. Philip Goodwin researches how carbon emissions link to climate change; and will present on ‘Climate Projections’

Dr. Sally Brown is Lead Author of the Chapter ‘Impacts of 1.5oC of Global Warming on Natural and Human Systems’ of the IPCC Report; and will present on ‘Impacts’

Prof. Robert Nicholls has been a Lead Author of six previous IPCC reports; and will present on ‘Implications’

This will be followed by a Panel Discussion on:  I: ‘Implications of the Results – Science Needs’ and II: ‘Implications of the Results – Policy Needs’.