International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, and Environment 2019
International Conference on Water, Informatics, Sustainability, and Environment 2019 is a three-day conference hosted at Carleton University, Ottawa on 7-9 August, 2019. The conference is co-organised by Ottawa Assembly of Knowledge and Science Target , in collaboration with local and international academic and professional bodies.
The conference is centered around the themes of water, informatics, sustainability, and the environment; all of which relate to global warming and climate change. Together, conference attendees will draw linkages between these themes, and learn about cutting-edge research, technology and practice in these fields. Field-leading experts will deliver keynote talks, while focused themed sessions will offer the opportunity to delve deeper into specific issues and solutions.
We are excited to welcome a diverse cohort of roughly one-hundred researchers and experts from across the world, representing a variety of organisations including government bodies, academic institutions, and NGOs.
AN URGENT TOPIC
The recent IPCC report reminds us of the urgency of climate action. Specifically, the report states that we have just twelve years to avert a climate catastrophe, in which time we must ensure that the tipping point of 1.5 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels, is not surpassed.
Many of us, as scientists and industry experts, will not be surprised by this latest warning. The spectre of irreversible climate change is clear for all to see. Take extreme weather events as an indicative case: there has been a noticeable uptick in the frequency and intensity of such events across the world. In the USA alone, we can observe the effects of climate change on both coasts. Devastating wildfires razed swathes of California, following an extensive and debilitating period of drought. Meanwhile, the East Coast of the United States is being hit one again by high winds, including Hurricane Michael, the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the continental US since 1992.
The global response at present is wholly inadequate. London, for example, exceeded its annual air pollution target within one month last year (2018), along with most EU countries. Canada missed the 1992 Rio target and the 2005 Kyoto benchmark, and is projected to miss 2020 and 2030 emissions targets by a wide margin.
In fact, the ‘global response’ itself is increasingly a contradiction in terms, as behemoths such as the United States withdraw from international climate Accords and Agreements under the whims of a climate sceptic White House. However, even before the incumbent government the US failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which should remind us that a fragmented global response precipitated by great power isolationism is not without precedent.
Meanwhile, the effects of climate change and global warming are by no means equally distributed. Island nations and coastal areas from the Maldives through to Venice, and less economically developed regions, face an immediate threat and continuing plight. For citizens of these societies, climate change is not a future concern but an existential threat and immediate reality. The wounds inflicted by global warming are therefore not simply environmental and physical, but economic, social, and demographic.
We trust that iWISE2019 attendees grasp the urgency of our endeavors.
IWISE2019 OFFERS THE FOLLOWING
- 2 full days of keynote talks and breakout sessions, showcasing innovative research and practice across the key themes, inviting discussion and debate
- Technical workshops and themed sessions that equip you with skills and serve as an excellent networking opportunity
- Dedicated day for the Ottawa Sustainability Tour taking you to themed locations around the National Capital Region
- Copies of conference publications including a book of abstracts and contact details of all participants
- Selected papers will be published in the International Journal of Environment and Sustainability [ISSN 1927-9566]
- Digital and hard copies of conference publications including program, flyers, and book of abstracts will be distributed to all participant