Cutting edge conferences on climate change

It would be a big mistake if I don’t archive some recent conferences here. Indeed, the science of climate change is so new that we could consider conference papers as a main source of reference. This list is updated on a continual basis.

Firstly, pages help update conference lists: AEAEEPSEABioecon, UNEP

Secondly, conferences that I attempt to go

16 and 17 June 2011: Climate Economics and Law Conference, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

12-14 July 2011: Four degrees or more, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia. (Videos are available)

9-12 July 2012: 2012 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (I was late for this one so please remind me next year).

18th June 2013: World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (Deadline: April 15th 2013)

18-20 March 2013: 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (Deadline 1rd 2013)

December: Annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business at The University of Western Australia’s Business School

5th June 2013: International Conference on Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management for Urban Deltas in Sydney (Deadline: 20 Feb 2013). Paper Formatting Guidelines

July 2013: ACE in Perth (Deadline 30 April 2013)

July 2013: EAERE Feem Summer School

November 2013: PhD conference at ANU

4 Feb 2014: AARES 2014  (Closing date for submission of papers and posters 14 Oct 2013)

The Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD) (every 12-18 months)

24-26 September 2014: Deltas in Times of Climate Change II (deadline 15 March).

IRDR conferences 2014 I should not miss it next year. Anw, there are plenty of information on jobs, research and conferences on the webpage.

17th Annual BIOECON Conference Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (Deadline 22rd May)

20 July 2015: Summer Academy on Economic Growth and Governance of Natural Resources – Moscow (Deadline 1stApril)

02-20 Nov 2015, EEPSEA’s three-week intensive course in environmental and resource economics (Deadline 15 Aug)




UNESCO Fellowship. Aim at one like this

ANU Post-doc and Uni jobs

2015 Fulbright for lecturers (Deadline 15 Oct)

SpaceX launch – an economic lesson

These two things don’t seem related.  That’s why I’ve ignored watching the news on the launch until catching up with the CNN student news today. So, thanks Carl for reminding me about such an important event.

Indeed, the launch of  The Falcon 9 rocket along with the Dragon capsule by SpaceX company at 07:44 GMT on Tuesday May 22 is the first commercial rocket launch in the history.

But what is the economic lesson from this? We have to look at NASA for the answer:

Right now NASA has to pay 63 million dollars to Russia to flight one astronaut to the ISS. So it is like an oligopoly market of space rockets where Russia is the cheapest seller comparing to Japan, Europe and USA itself. Conceivably, the price is hefty.

NASA certainly wants to lower the price. What can it do? It creates a competitive market for the low earth orbit business.

– NASA ended its shuttle program in 2011

– NASA’s programs support Blue Origin, Boeing , SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Orbital (OSC). The companies then have to compete for contract of taking cargo (and astronauts in a near future) to ISS.

– With 7 seats aboard the successful Dragon capsule, SpaceX is predicted to offer the price of $20 million per seat to ISS.

And that price is not yet a competitive equilibrium price.

Perhaps I will briefly talk about this tomorrow in microeconomics class.

P/S: More details of the story could be found on The Economic Times.

Another driver got caught, climate plan B and Bjorn is sneezing

We all learnt that three-fourths of the sea level rise is due to the expansion of being heated sea water and one-fourth is runoff from ice caps and melting glaciers (Bjorn Lomborg, 2008, pp289). Well, perhaps that statement needs to be corrected in the next edition. Increasing extracted ground water has recently been caught as another driver of sea level rise. Associating with the fact that 2.05 percent of all water on earth frozen in glaciers and 0.68 percent locked underground, the highest sea level could be higher than we thought.

Coincidentally, on the same day, I’ve found a writing considering white particles in air as a Climate Plan B. For this idea, Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Centre is still right and actually a bit far ahead of us. He named it as “cloud whitening research” and put it at the top rank since 2009.

Well, I reckon we should get updated with his work more frequently.

Update: regarding Climate Plan B, this is an interview on Geo-engineering with Karen Scott in June 2012. Basically we have two kinds of technique of mitigation: sequestrating (swallowing) GHGs and increasing reflexivity of the earth (2:30). And she supports the latter.

Databases of Vietnam

Recently I’ve struggled just to look for database on mangroves in Ca Mau Province of Vietnam. Thus I will create one for my own here:


Maps of world




WB and Climate change knowledge portal and Climate adaptation profile

EUCC (not much about Vietnam)

GHGs emission:

World Resources Institute

Vulnerability monitor:

Dara int


Prevention web (Great database that linked to all others). This web publishes the Global Assessment Report (GAR)

and desinventar (Ca Mau)

Risk map by Maplecroft (for thesis, indicate which are the main risks)


WB reports: (search for “Coastal wetlands protection, Vietnam” or “Mangrove Vietnam”)

Mangroves for the future

Climate change response:


Floods an disasters in Vietnam:

CCFSC (and other categories)

Weather database and simulation:

MarkSim GCM (Rainfall, Temperature, Radiation)


Wave, tide and wind:

Oceanweather , CYCLOPS

buoyweather (the premium is great)


Mangrove, dikes in Kien Giang


An editor

I’m still struggling with reviewing articles as an “online editor”. It is definitely not an easy job and you often have to do yourself a small research on that field to make sharp comments. And things even get more difficult after the first and second revision.

Therefore, this post will be used to store all suggestions that might help me improve my reviewing skill:

Firstly, the editors speak: what makes a good review