The Miller Lecture: Climate Change Impact Assessments for International Market Systems

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:00 p.m. The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.

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About the talk

The vast majority of climate change impact assessments evaluate how local or regional systems and processes may be affected by a future climate. Alternative strategies that extend beyond the local or regional scale are needed when assessing the potential impacts of climate change on international market systems, including agricultural commodities. These industries have multiple production regions that are distributed worldwide and are likely to be differentially impacted by climate change. Furthermore, for many industries and market systems, especially those with long-term climate-dependent investments, temporal dynamics need to be incorporated into the assessment process, including changing patterns of international trade and evolving adaptation strategies by industry stakeholder groups. A framework for conducting climate change assessments for international market systems is outlined and then applied to an example perennial crop commodity. Incorporation of spatial and temporal dynamics provides a more comprehensive evaluation of climate change impacts and an assessment product of potentially greater utility to industry stakeholders.

About the speaker

Julie WinklerJulie A. Winkler is a professor of geography at Michigan State University. Her long-term research interests are synoptic and applied climatology, with an emphasis on the climate of the central United States and Great Lakes region. Most recently, her work has focused on the development of climate change assessment strategies that incorporate multi-region linkages, and the application of these strategies to human and natural systems, such as agriculture. She also has written on the participation of women in geography and atmospheric science. Winkler was the lead editor of the recently-published Climate Change in the Midwest: A Synthesis Report for the National Climate Assessment. She currently is an associate editor for the journal Science Advances. In 2013-2014, Winkler served as President of the Association of American Geographers. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a recipient of the Charles Franklin Brooks Award.

Suggested readings

  • Winkler, J.A., et al., 2010: Multi-regional climate change assessments for international market systems with long-term investments: A conceptual framework. Climatic Change, 103, 445-470. DOI 10.1007/s10584-009-9781-1.
  • Perdinan and J.A. Winkler, 2014: Changing human landscapes under changing climate: Considerations for climate assessments. Environmental Management, 53, 42-54. DOI 10.1007/s00267-013-0125-6.

About the Miller Lecture

The department's Miller Lecture Series is designed to bring eminent geographers to Penn State and is a gift to the Department of Geography from the late E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller. E. W. Miller was a Professor of Geography, department head, and associate dean emeritus in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.        

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