Conferences

The Center for Climate and Life supports two major conferences each year, the Columbia Climate and Life Conference and the Columbia Roundtable for Global Climate, Business, and Finance. We also host and support scientific meetings and conferences on a range of climate topics.

Columbia Climate and Life Conference Series

The Columbia Climate and Life Conference Series gathers leading international scientists to present new research on themes central to our mission of understanding how climate influences the security of food, water, shelter, and the development of sustainable energy solutions. These conferences present current and advanced research to understand how climate is changing, or has changed, life-sustaining components of the Earth system. Researchers propose conference themes to the Advisory Board, and successful proposals are funded to support a one- to two-day conference.

Columbia Roundtable for Global Climate, Business, and Finance

The Columbia Roundtable for Global Climate, Business, and Finance brings together leading climate scientists, engineers, social scientists, and leaders in international business and finance to translate scientific knowledge into action. The objective of this invitation-only conference is to build communication channels and understanding between these communities and to present stakeholders with the most current state of knowledge in climate change science and solutions.

Upcoming Events

Air Pollution Extremes Workshop — November 1-2, 2018
This workshop, hosted by the Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, will bring together an international group of observation-based research, modeling, lab, and policy experts to discuss the state of the knowledge on extreme air pollution events. Topics of discussion will include observations and modeling of extreme air pollution events; forecasting pollution events; and the science, policy, and health nexus.

Past Events

Climate Science and Investment Conference — May 4, 2018
Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise: Implications for Coastal Property
How can advances in climate science research be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns? What is the most current and useful research on ice sheet and sea level rise trends, and what are the near-term implications for coastal properties? How will these trends affect returns, creating both risks and opportunities for investors and business leaders?

This forum—a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory—brings together climate scientists and business leaders to understand how new advances in climate science can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The forum explores topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business and investment decisions. Learn more about the forum in our meeting summary.

Conference on Fire Prediction Across Scales — October 23-25, 2017 
Realistic models of fire activity and behavior are necessary for effective fire management, and to understand past and future changes in fire activity. Developing such models, however, requires taking into account vegetation cover, land use practices, fire management capacity, extreme weather events, and climate variability. To help foster knowledge exchange among the diverse fields of expertise involved in fire prediction, the Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, with support from the Center for Climate and Life, hosted a 2.5-day conference, organized around the themes of “Fire Prediction” and “Fire Management and Impacts.”

The event was co-organized by Center for Climate and Life Fellow Park Williams. At the meeting, scientists pinpointed areas where advances in fire prediction can be made within the next decade. Learn more about the outcomes in our meeting summary.

The Near-term Impacts of Climate Change on InvestorsMay 2, 2017 
This forum—a joint effort by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatorybrought together climate scientists and business leaders to understand how new advances in climate science can inform investments in specific sectors of the global economy. The conference explored topics that address the value and opportunity of using a science-based approach to inform and guide business decisions.

The conference resulted in a white paper, “The Near-term Impacts of Climate Change on Investors.” In the report, conference organizers and speakers explain how climate change affects investments and suggest best practices for integrating scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions.