Climate Science, Disagreement and Policy: A multidisciplinary investigation
The workshop investigates disagreements in climate science, particularly as they relate to the question of global warming, and their social and conceptual consequences. The workshop is structured around the following empirical, philosophical and policy questions:
1. Where and to what extent do climate scientists disagree on questions relevant to global warming?
2. What are the consequences of any perceived or actual disagreement on public opinion and policy decisions?
3. What are the appropriate conceptual and normative responses to scepticism or disagreement on environmental issues?
Thursday November 10, 2016
9.30- 10.00 Registration
10.00 -11.00 Professor John Fitzgerald (Emeritus ESRI, TCD)
"Explaining the Importance of Halting Climate Change"
11.00-12.00 Professor Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana University)
“The disagreement about Value Added by Regional climate models”
12.00-12.15 Coffee Break
12.15- 1.15 Dr. Anna Leuschner (University of Hannover)
“The Underestimation of Climate Change: On the Epistemic and Normative Implications of Climate Skepticism”
1.15-2.30 Lunch Break
2.30-3.30 Professor Ray Bates (UCD)
“Climate sensitivity: the primary area of uncertainty in physical climate science”
3.30-4.30 Professor Steve Rayner (Keble College, Oxford)
“It’s not about the Experts”
4.30-5.00 Coffee Break
5.00-6.00 Dr. Diarmuid Torney (School of Law and Government, Dublin City University)
"Shallow consensus and deep division in Irish climate change policy"
Friday November 11, 2016
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
10.00-11.00 Professor David Demeritt (King's College London)
“By the numbers? Cost-benefit analysis and flood risk management in Europe”
11.00-12.00 Dr. Cathrine Holst (University of Oslo)
“Expert disagreement and expert influence in public inquiry commissions on environmental policy”
12.00- 12.15 Coffee Break
12.15-1.15 Professor Peter Thorne (NUI Maynooth)
“In the eye of the storm: Climategate and its impacts”
1.15-2.30 Lunch Break
2.30-3.30 Professor Reiner Grundmann (University of Nottingham)
“Science, expertise, consensus and dispute in the climate change discourse”
3.30-4.30 Dr. Andrew Jackson (UCD)
'When experts disagree, public interest environmental litigants lose"
4.30-500 Coffee Break
5.00-6.00 Dr. Carlo Martini (Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Philosophy of the Social Sciences)
“Resolving Disagreement through mutual respect: an epistemological account”
Saturday November 12, 2016
Venue: National University of Ireland Board Room
10.00-11.00 Dr Finnur Dellsen (WEXD Project, UCD School of Philosophy)
“When Expert Disagreement Supports the Consensus”
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15. 1.15 Round table discussion with participants and invited contributions from
Professor Anna Davies (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Frank Zenker (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
Professor James Beebe (WEXD and State University of New York at Buffalo)
1.30 pm Close of the Workshop