Twelfth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses - Virtual Conference

  • 2020 Special Focus—Adaptation: Lessons from Venice
  • 16 April 2020
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy

2020 Special Focus—Adaptation: Lessons from Venice

Throughout its history, the city of Venice has faced head-on the challenges posed by a constantly changing natural environment. Rather than “fighting” nature, its inhabitants have adopted a “living with” approach. As such, there is a long history of adaptation measures: from the use of barriers and gangways against the acqua alta, or the sophisticated tide forecast system. These measures have always merged ancient knowledge with modern prediction and communication networks. Today, the speed and size of ongoing changes require the adoption of specific and effective structural and non-structural measures, but because of this long history, Venice is not caught unprepared. With the support of European, national, and local institutions, Venice developed a general plan of interventions for the safeguard of the city. These plans include coastal reinforcement, morphological restoration, the reclamation of polluted sites, a system of mobile sea barriers, city pavement elevation, and general urban maintenance. The measures that Venice has taken to manage flood risk and protect its cultural heritage have earned it status as one of the role model cities in the “Making Cities Resilient” UNISDR Campaign. Currently, the City of Venice, with the support of CO.RI.LA., is working on the evaluation of climate change risk and vulnerability for the Venice islands and mainland, to be included in the new Climate Action Plan on adaptation and mitigation goals for 2050. At this year’s International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses we aim to tell the story of these plans, insights, and actions of adaptation: the lessons from Venice.

Welcome Remarks and Plenary Speakers

Welcome Address

Dr. Phillip Kalantzis-Cope, Chief Social Scientist, Common Ground Research Networks, IL, United States

Dr. Victoria Hurth, Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Visiting Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School, UK

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Plenary Session

Dr. Victoria Hurth, Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Visiting Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School, UK

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Tony Juniper, CBE, Chair, Natural England, United Kingdom

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Pierpaolo Campostrini, Managing Director, CORILA, Consortium for Managing Scientific Research on Venice Lagoon System, Venice, Italy

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Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards re given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2020 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

  • Monirul Islam, University of Tsukuba, Doctoral Student, Japan
  • Cathal Nolan, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Katarina Dordevic, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Amy Schweikert, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Abiola Ojo, Lead City University, Nigeria
  • Long-Chen (Tommy) Li, Project Leader, Chemists Without Borders, USA
  • Omolola Victoria Akinola, University of Missouri, USA
  • Pin Wang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Muhammed Elayadeth Meethal, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India
  • Adriana Milazzo, The University of Adelaide, Australia


Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. View the posters below.

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Presentations are grouped by general themes. Q&A can occur in the comments of this post. Each presenter's formal, written paper will be available to participants if accepted to the journal.


Flood Vulnerability in Dhaka Slums: An Extended Review of Adaptation Barriers

Annabel Cryan, Coalition Outreach Associate, American Flood Coalition, Washington, United States

Multiple Visions and Values in a Changing Climate

Christian Reichel, Research Associate, Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development, Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung e.V. (IRS), Erkner, Brandenburg, Germany

Assessing the Contributions of Tourism Mobility to Climate Change

Preeya Vijaya Ramasamy Coolen, Lecturer, University of Technology of Mauritius

Toshima Makoondlall-Chadee, Lecturer, University of Technology of Mauritius

Transatlantic and UN Global Cooperation for CO2 Emissions Reduction in Automotive and Agriculture Industries: Regulatory Policy and Agriculture Industry Standards Harmonization

Dr. Reba Anne Carruth, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

What We See When the Snow Melts: Exploring the Effects on Climate Change on Indigenous Communities in Northern Sweden

Audrey Reinert, West Lafayette, United States

Changes of the Quelccaya Ice Cap Between 1984 and 2019

David Mendes, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Felipe Ferreira Monteiro, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Lourdes Villavicencio, PhD Candidate in Climate Sciences, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Lara De Melo Barbosa, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Political Corporatism and Climate Change

Benedict Edward DeDominicis, Associate Professor of Political Science, International Studies Department, Catholic University of Korea, South Korea Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The Use of a Computer Program For Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Context of Climate Change

Wioletta Wnuk, Ph.D., University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

Bożena Nowakowicz Dębek, Professor, Department of Animal Hygiene and Environmental Hazards, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

The Reduction of Ammonia Emission From Agricultural Sources Using Natural Sorbents

Mateusz Ossowski, M.Sc., Department of Animal Hygiene and Environmental Hazards, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

Łukasz Wlazło, Ph.D., Department of Animal Hygiene and Environmental Hazards, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland

The Impact of Climate Shocks on Social Networks: Understanding Sensitivity and Adaptation among Rural Indian Communities

Richard Ramsawak, Director, Center of Strategy and Competitiveness, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Mt Hope, Trinidad and Tobago