Underestimating Climate Risk

This course will explore the ways that policy makers and companies are underestimating climate risks and how scientists are contributing to the problem

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Underestimating Climate Risk: What Do We Know?

Everyone is talking about climate risk today. But for reasons ranging from the psychology of risk perception, to how scientists are communicating climate change, risk is being badly underestimated.

Why You Need This Course

Benefit #1: Learn about the "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns" of climate change

Benefit #3: Explore why scientists' focus on "most likely" climate change may miss MOST of the risk

Benefit #2: Learn why climate change is a perfect storm for how our brains perceive risk

Benefit #4: Learn how to access resources on this issue quickly


I learned more from the Climatographers' earlier course on sea level rise than I did attending a two-day conference on sea level rise. Highly recommend them!

Joyce Coffee (President, Climate Resilience Consulting)


It’s amazing how hard it is to find good resources and thinking on carbon offsets. None of my typical channels/NGOs surface things like the Climatographers' carbon offsets course.

Max Scher (Senior Mgr, Sustainability, Salesforce)

This course will include ...


Module 1: Risk

What do we mean by risk, and how is it defined and quantified


Module 2: Relating Uncertainty to Risk

It is not widely recognized that uncertainty directly contributes to risk, and there is A LOT of climate change uncertainty


Module 3: The Psychology of Climate Risk

What are the characteristics of climate change that make it so hard for us to recognize and respond to climate risks as we do to other risks?


Module 4: The Long Tail of Climate Risk

Why do scientists focus on "expected" climate change outcomes, when "low probability but high consequence" outcomes actually represent most of the risk?

And More!

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About The Climatographers

The Climatographers’ climate change experience dates back to 1988, when Mark Trexler started working on the first carbon offsets and nature-based solutions to climate change at the World Resources Institute. Later he continued that work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Climatographers’ Mark Trexler and Laura Kosloff founded the first specialized U.S. climate risk consultancy in 1991, authored the first climate risk textbook in 2011, and founded the Climatographers in 2012 with the goal of facilitating access to actionable climate knowledge through knowledge management solutions like the Climate Web.

For more information see Mark’s or Laura’s LinkedIn profiles, and visit our Climate Web or Climatographer websites.

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