CCEC at the 31st ICSU GA

The work of the IUGG Commission on Climatic and Environmental Change (CCEC) was presented on 2 September 2014 to the General Assembly of the International Council of Science (ICSU) held in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr Tom Beer, CCEC Chair highlighted that CCEC had taken the first steps in examining possible pluri-disciplinary research for the new Future Earth program of ICSU by examining Weather, Climate and Food Security.  This was done in a consortium with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, IUFoST the International Union of Food Science and Technology, and with IUNS the International Union of Nutrition Sciences.  He highlighted that food security is more than just agriculture or food production and that there are nine areas of relevance to food security.  This was illustrated by one of the revelations that emerged from this pluri-disciplinary grouping of international scientific unions: the fact that the risks associated with geophysical hazards (tsunamis, floods, landslides, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes) impinge not just on food production and agriculture, but on food distribution and in this respect one needs to consider the quality and quantity of the food that is available after a disaster; but in addition any food that is provided by emergency relief agencies needs to be sensitive to cultural sensitivities in relation to food.