IOGP/JCOMM/WCRP Joint Workshop, “Our Future Climate” – Summary Report

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Description

In 2008, IOGP-JCOMM-WCRP hosted a workshop on the physical impacts of climate change for the oil and gas industry at the World Meteorological Headquarters in Geneva. Given that climate science has progressed and the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected in 2021-2022, the IOGP Metocean Committee determined that it would be worthwhile to once again meet with invited speakers working in the field to understand what has changed in the understanding of physical risks of climate change, in order to better assist with planning for adaptation to potential changes.

The 2nd workshop was hosted at BP’s Upstream Learning Centre, Sunbury on Thames, UK from 25-27 September 2018.

The objectives of the workshop were:

• To raise awareness and disseminate knowledge related to risks, methodologies and approaches that help the industry adapt to climate change

• To improve confidence in the use of climate data by identifying its limitations and developing improved methodologies that reduce and quantify uncertainty

• To understand the potential risk picture that climate changes pose for all aspects of the industry

The workshop comprised invited speakers from academia and research organisations and an invited audience of IOGP member representatives, service providers and research organisations working in the field of climate science. In addition to presentations, breakout sessions were held to discuss key questions of interest to IOGP members to foster information exchange between climate specialists and end users.

This document provides a summary of the themes discussed at this workshop. Unless otherwise indicated, the summaries provided herein represent an overview of the various presentations and are not intended to be a verbatim transcript or comprehensive report. The views expressed are the speaker’s only and do not necessarily represent the views of the IOGP or its members, and are not endorsed by them.