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Climate change and risk

San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, Chile
The San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, Chile. Photo: ribeiroantonio

The predicted impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly visible. The World Economic Forum has ranked climate-related risks – including extreme weather events, water scarcity and the failure to adapt and mitigate climate change – among the top five global risks. Policymakers, researchers and the public increasingly recognize the need to address climate-related security risks through cooperation and dialogue.

SIPRI’s work on climate change and risk provides reliable insights on how climate-related security risks evolve and how they are interlinked and interact with different social, political and economic processes. SIPRI researchers also analyse how different policy organisations are responding to these risks and advise them on conflict-sensitive adaptation and mitigation strategies and international efforts for sustaining peace.

RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Flooding in Bangkok, September 2011

This project seeks to refine the current understanding of how to adequately address climate-related security risks in different societal contexts.

Mongolian herders combat consequences of climate change by using animal feed that is more resilient towards extreme weather changes.

This initiative aims to help organizations to better secure peace and cooperation in times of global environmental change, including climate change.

Anti-desertification sand fences south of the town of Erfoud, Morocco

This project examines how society needs to be reformed to address increasing resource scarcity while securing positive development in the 21st century.

Expert Working Group on Climate-related Security Risks

The expert working group seeks to highlight the gap in climate risk informed decision-making and strives to produce timely climate security assessments.

Research staff

Dr Malin Mobjörk is the Director of the Climate Change and Risk Pogramme.
Jiayi Zhou is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Dr Florian Krampe is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Dr Amiera Sawas is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Pernilla Nordqvist is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Hyunkyo Yu is an intern in the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.