"Climate change represents a clear and unprecedented challenge for human society. This symposium focuses on providing a synthesis of existing and emerging scientific knowledge necessary in order to make intelligent societal decisions concerning application of mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change. The symposium aims to identify and synthesise the science, technology and policy advances required in order to ensure sustainability of global communities in the current and coming decades".
The Synthesis Report summarises new knowledge that was presented at the congress “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions” at the University of Copenhagen in March this year. Approximately 2500 people from nearly 80 countries attended the congress with over 1400 scientific presentations. “The bottom line is that limiting global warming to a manageable extent will require all our ingenuity for the climate-smart evolution of existing structures,” says Schellnhuber. Yet large-scale transformational measures would also be needed.
Open Research: Synthesis Report
The University of Copenhagen hosted an International Scientific Congress on climate change under the heading "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions", 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress was organised in cooperation with nine other universities in the (IARU).