In continuing to address the climate change research agenda we are guided by two key objectives relating to mitigation and adaptation.
1) To identify and analyse the opportunities, benefits and social, technical and economic challenges associated with different greenhouse gas stabilisation pathways at different temporal and spatial scales; and
2) To explore, evaluate and facilitate sustainable routes for adapting to climate change through policy, behavioural and technological innovation and robust decision-support tools.
The following key questions derive from these objectives:
What are the implications for GHG stabilisation levels of different global emissions pathways and what do such stabilisation levels and pathways imply for regional adaptation and mitigation?
What is the scope and scale of technological options across the full range of sectors (from energy and transport to agriculture and avoided deforestation) for contributing to mitigation pathways? What are the institutional, behavioural and economic barriers to such technological trajectories?
What is the scope and scale of regional and sectoral adaptation strategies to build resilience to the impacts associated with the stabilisation levels and pathways? What synergies and conflicts are there between such strategies and potential mitigation options?