On November 29, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future hosted a seminar exploring the socioeconomic impacts of climate change in China. The seminar featured a presentation and discussion with Tao Ye, a Professor of Geographical Science at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and a Pardee Center Visiting Scholar.
Prof. Ye is the general coordinator of a national R&D project led by BNU to evaluate the effects of climate change on socioeconomic systems, particularly the distribution of population and economic activity. Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and together with four other institutions in China with a team of more than 25 researchers and 30 graduate students, the project’s aim is to model the interactions of climate and socioeconomic factors, and quantify the risks (e.g. affected population, crop yield damage, and GDP loss) over the course of the next several decades.
During the seminar, Prof. Ye provided a broad overview of the effort and the progress to date. Watch the full presentation and discussion above.