Pier Vellinga

Professor in Climate Change at Wageningen University and VU University Amsterdam

Pier Vellinga

Simplification and Visualisation of Data, Crucial for Adaptation to Climate Change

The world is warming up. Even two degrees will require major adaptation measures at micro level such as buildings as well as macro level such as cities. Information on future climate is usually presented as long term and large scale changes with a range of uncertainties attached. Research shows that this type of information is not fit for purpose when it comes to awareness raising and decision making on adaptation measures at urban level. Simplification and visualization is crucial for private and public actors to understand the need and the options. Results will be shown of how this can be done.

Pier Vellinga is a professor of climate change at Wageningen University and at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He received his doctorate from Delft University of Technology in 1986 for his thesis on coastal dynamics. In 1988 he worked as an international climate change advisor to the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM). He was instrumental in setting up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as vice-chairman of IPCC from 1989 until 1994. He was the first author on proposing the 2-degree climate change target in 1989. For his role in IPCC he shared in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Vellinga is an advisor to the European Union on ‘greening the EU economy’. He is vice-chairman of the supervisory board of the Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO. He is scientific director of the national programme ‘Knowledge for Climate’ (2007-2015), in which role he has initiated the Climate Adaptation Services Foundation (CAS). CAS focuses on GIS, data integration, visualisation and easy public access.

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