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World’s Largest Conference on Geography: KlimaCampus Researchers in Seattle

20.04.2011

New developments and results were in focus at the world’s largest conference on geography in Seattle. At this year’s meeting of the “Association of American Geographers“ (AAG), from April 12th to the 16th, around 7,000 scientists and researchers from around the world compared notes. The KlimaCampus’ “Climate Change and Security” (CLISEC) working group presented their work on climate and security research in Seattle.

The Hamburg group helped organize a panel on environmental conflicts and represented three presentations at the conference. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran got everything started with a speech describing his work on climate change and migration. Instead of understanding climate-based refugees primarily as a threat to international security, he argued, it is more important to limit climate risks and, as a preventative measure, reinforce the abilities of the communities that will be affected. Networks of immigrants can also help in the process, by supporting development in their home nations.

Postdoc Michael Link presented his model of the conflicts over water between the countries bordering the Nile, which have been affected by climate change. In the region, there exists a complex interaction between climate factors and political changes, which influence the division of the Nile’s waters. How the individual states decide between cooperating with their neighbors and pushing through their own interests depends mainly on their short-term socio-political considerations, Link showed.

Doctoral student Janpeter Schilling discussed the roll of climate change on land use conflicts in Kenya in his presentation. In doing so, he relied upon impressions and experiences that he has recently won in the course of a research stay in East Africa.