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2nd OPERANDUM webinar: Assessing Nature-based Solutions to climate change

The concept of Nature-based Solutions is well recognized in the domain of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to address societal challenges such as risks posed by hydro-meteorological hazards. Climate change is likely to enhance the risks driven by extreme weather events such as flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges, increased nutrient and sediment loading, droughts, heat waves and landslides. Nature-based Solutions are often cost-effective, have multiple benefits and can become progressively flexible and resilient to keep pace with on-going urbanisation and the impacts of climate change.

At the same time, the execution of purely green approaches at the small-scale risk management level, may not be able to adequately address the scale of predicted future hydro-meteorological hazards.

Main challenges are about how to enable leveraging the potential of nature-based Solutions compared with traditional engineering (grey) approaches, which would likely accelerate and improve the implementation of Nature-based Solutions and make their uptake more efficient and effective.

Join our experts from the University of Surrey and the Finnish Meteorological Institute for the second OPERANDUM project webinar and learn about

  • The benefits of Nature-based Solutions in tackling hydrometeorological extremes – floods, droughts, landslides, etc. and barriers that hinder their wider uptake, including approaches to help overcome existing social and political barriers.
  • The impact of hydro-meteorological hazards on societies and the environment and examples of good practices to manage the associated risks in OPERANDUM Open-Air Labs
  • Actions, requirements and data needed for designing and developing Nature-based Solutions in the OPERANDUM Open-Air Labs

Who are our experts?

Professor Prashant Kumar
Professor and Chair in Air Quality and Health; Founding Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) at the University of Surrey (UoS)

Dr Sisay Debele
Research Fellow at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE)

Dr Antti Mäkelä
Head of Climate Change and Extreme Weather Research Group at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

How to join the webinar:
All you have to do is register through Eventbrite and follow the link you receive before the event. See you online!