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Climate Change Models

Climate change is increasingly recognised as a factor to be considered across sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, water resources, conservation, biodiversity and disaster risk management.

Future climate changes over the 21st century cannot be simply extrapolated from past climate. Non-linear processes must be taken into account, along with a range of plausible future greenhouse gas and aerosol concentration pathways. The best tools for projecting climate change are global climate models (GCMs).

Climate models use quantitative methods to simulate the interactions of the important drivers of climate, including atmosphere, oceans, land surface and ice. They are used for a variety of purposes from study of the dynamics of the climate system to projections of future climate.


Peter is the Managing Director of CLIMsystems Ltd. Dr. Urich has over twenty years of experience in community development, resource management, climate change adaptation, and risk assessment; he has his PhD in Human Geography from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Peter has led initiatives for mainstreaming climate risk assessments for corporations, local councils and national governments. He has assisted in the design, development and application of customized climate change risk assessment tools for governments, consulting firms and NGOs around the world. His project experience focuses on client and stakeholder engagement with translation of complex climate science and data for local, bottom-up application. The integration of local traditional knowledge with climate data and models from a wide array of sources is a critical aspect of most projects. With experience across more than 50 countries project activities range from community engagement and planning for climate resilience in at risk communities in the Philippines, Vanuatu, Nauru, and he Marshall Islands to high profile risk assessments for major international events such as the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and water and waste water planning in Bengaluru, India and Miami-Dade in Florida. Peter has lectured at university level and supervised dozens of masters and PhD students. He has also trained a wide range of stakeholders in climate change topics in countries including the Philippines, Viet Nam, Tajikistan, the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Australia and the United States. Peter through CLIMsystems maintains key memberships in CORDEX (Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment), Climate Knowledge Brokers and Climate Service Partnership of the World Meteorological Organization and other international organizations.

  • PhD in Human Geography from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra

  • Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, USA.

  • Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, USA.

  • Leading initiatives for mainstreaming climate risk assessments for corporations, local councils and national governments.

  • Implemented the development and delivery of customised climate change risk assessment tools for the Governments across the Pacific and through Asia.

  • Managing the bidding process for projects and growing the network of collaborators and associates from around the world.

Earlier Event: June 13
Risk Management