The Berlin Summit

The Berlin Summit will bring together invited participants from across the world to draft the blueprint for EVE, an envisioned international climate science and service center tasked with providing the best possible climate information to help vulnerable communities and sectors anticipate the consequences of climate change.

At the Berlin Summit experts will meet to discuss and revise white papers (being prepared ahead of the summit) on five facets of EVE:

  • Climate information for vulnerable sectors and communities
  • EVE as a science accelerator
  • EVE as a technology demonstrator
  • EVE as a data integrator
  • Structure and governance models for EVE

The revised white papers will then be developed into a specific proposal to be presented at COP28 in Dubai.

Prominent keynote speakers from science, industry and the political sphere will outline the urgency for international cooperation to advance and disseminate understanding of the Earth system in the anthropocene, and thereby provide a foundation for sustainable planetary management globally

Conference Keynotes

Major Political Figure (to be confirmed)
Fabiola Gianotti (tbc), Director-General of CERN, EU
Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO NVIDIA, USA 
Satoshi Matsuoka, Director, Riken Center for Computational Science, Japan
Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, INT

Thematic Keynotes

Antje Boetius (tentative), Director of German Alfred Wegener Institute
Tim Palmer, Royal Society 2010 Anniversary Research Professor, FRS
Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist UK Met Office (retired), DBE, FRS
Adam Sobel, Professor and Author, Columbia University

Background

Planetary Management in the Anthropocene

A defining attribute of the anthropocene is the global scaling of human actions. Avoiding the catastrophic consequences of this scaling requires parity in the scaling of global welfare linked to an ability to anticipate the effects of human activities. As has  been pointed out by a growing chorus of scientific papers and academy reports, this will require a new quality of climate information encompassing all scales, from the global to the local, and from days to decades. A new generation of climate models, which exploit advances in information technology to greatly enhance their physical content and reliability, promises to deliver this capability. Realizing them will require involving the communities and sectors their information impacts, as well as the best techhologists and scientists world wide, making it an ambitious international effort.

National and international programmes, like WarmWorld in Germany, EXCLAIM in Switzerland, and the EU’s Destination Earth (DestinE), have begun coordinated efforts to develop this new generation of models, and to think about how to transform them into actionable information systems that embody user needs.  In parallel, activites like the Global Framework for Climate Serveices have thought about how to increase the update of such informatin systems within the Global South.  Missing is an operational integration of the modeling capabilities with the computational and data resources at the required scale on the one hand, and the active engagement of the vulnerable communtiies and sectors in the creation and dissemination of the information streams on the other hand.

EVE also emphasizes virtualization to leverage intuition developed of our experiences in our own world to better and more naturally engage users. By creating environments that will also allow the specialists and lay people alike to experience past and future realizations of our Earth, EVE aims to support the type of global concisiousness needed to legitimize attempts to strengthen planetary management globally.  Thus virtualization is envisioned as part of the blueprint for operationalizing ongoing developments in science and technology to make the information creation transparent and its content widely accessible to sectors and communities impacted by climate change, and help it serve as a driver of innovation.

The Road to Dubai Starts in Berlin

The Berlin Summit will initiate an ambitious cycle of planning leading up to the 28th COP (Conference of the Parties) to be held in Dubai Expo City in the UAE (6th to 17th November 2023).  After Berlin, plans for EVE will be discussed and refined at the World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference, focusing on “Advancing climate science for a sustainable future”, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, and online on 23-27 October 2023.  The WCRP meeting will more deeply engage the global south in developing EVE to support communities whose lack of resources and geographic situation make them most vulnerable to climate change.

Conveners

Peter Bauer, Sandrine Bony, Gilbert Brunet, David Farrell, Nicolas Gruber, Christian Jakob, Markku Kulmala, Jochem Marotzke, Jürg Luterbacher, Andreas Prein, V. Ramaswamy, Masaki Satoh, Jagadish Shukla, Adam Sobel, Thomas Schulthess, Julia Slingo, Thomas Stocker, Detlef Stammer, Bjorn Stevens, Tianjun Zhou

Sponsors

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, WarmWorld, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), World Weather Rsearch Programme, DestinE (Tentative), EXCLAIM (Tentative), NVIDIA (Tentative), GEWEX GASS Projects.  

Sponsorship of the Berlin Summit does not imply an endorsement of EVE, rather support for developing and refining the concept of EVE so that it can be considered for endorsement.


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