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The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in Glasgow in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31st October to 12th November 2021. The summit will discuss the global response to climate change and how we collectively galvanise action at the highest level. At this critical moment, the stakes are higher than ever.

SCAR will be organising the following events at COP26, which will be livestreamed.

Antarctica and Overshoot Scenarios: Risks of Irreversible Sea-level Rise

Wednesday, 03 November 2021, 15:00—16:15
Skomer (Multimedia Studio 2)

*Click here to watch the livestream*
Note: You can ask the speakers question through our Twitter and Facebook pages

Recent published research shows the danger of massive, potentially irreversible, global sea-level rise within the next couple of centuries should temperatures overshoot 2°C. SCAR and IPCC scientists provide a clear-eyed look at risks from Antarctica and implications for SIDS and future generations.

COP26 sideevent webSCAR Scientific Research Programme leaders (including IPCC SROCC, SR1.5 and AR6 lead authors on Antarctic ice loss and committed sea level rise even with later CDR) and 1.5 emissions pathways experts will discuss the risk of irreversible sea-level rise at this event:

Prof Robert M. DeConto is Co-Director, School of Earth & Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA. Rob studies polar climate change, the response of ice sheets to a warming climate, and coastal impacts of sea-level rise. He serves on international science advisory boards and is a Lead Author and Contributor to the IPCC “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).”
Dr Florence Colleoni is Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator at Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS, Italy. Her research uses Earth Climate System Models, ice-sheet models and Glacio-isostatic adjustment models to investigate the interactions between ice sheets and climate. Florence is is the Co-Chief Officer of the SCAR Scientific Research Programme ‘INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT).
Dr Thomas Bracegirdle is a Research Scientist at British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. Tom has 17 years of research experience in polar weather and climate. Most of his current research focusses on improving process understanding of polar climate variability and change and linkages between polar and extra-polar regions. He is the Co-Chief Officer of the SCAR Scientific Research Programme ‘Near-term Variability and Prediction of the Antarctic Climate System’ (AntClimNOW) and the former Co-Chief Officer of the 2012-2020 Scientific Research Programme 'Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century' (AntClim21).
Dr Joeri Rogelj is Director of Research at the Grantham Institute and Reader in Climate Science & Policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, UK. He contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), served as a Coordinating Lead Author on mitigation pathways for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C of Global Warming, and as a Lead Author for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment
'Antarctica and Overshoot Scenarios: Risks of Irreversible Sea-level Rise' will take place in Multimedia Studio 2 at COP26. Click here to watch the livestream.
*Note: You can ask the speakers question through our Twitter and Facebook pages*

The event is organised by SCAR, the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).



Cropped Cryosphere Pavilion 2019 logoAntarctic Marine Ecosystems Under Pressure: Protection Needs Action Locally and Globally

Polar Oceans Day at the Cryosphere Pavilion

Saturday, 06 November 2021, 10:00-11:30
Cryosphere Pavilion

Southern Ocean ecosystems are under increasing pressure from global climate change and direct human impacts. The Southern Ocean is globally important for CO2 uptake, ocean connectivity and supporting key species and ecosystem services. How can global emissions reductions, as well as local actions, protect these ecosystems and their societal benefits worldwide? 

Organized by the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO), SCAR and University of Edinburgh.

The event will be livestreamed here:
COP26 Cryosphere Pavilion YouTube livestream
Twitch livestream

The Cryosphere Pavilion will be hosting events throughout the meetings. Click here to see the full programme.
You can watch the events live on FacebookYoutube and Twitch!