CLIMATE CHANGE, COLLECTIVE ACTION, AND PEACEFUL CHANGE
Climate change is increasingly seen as intensifying global environmental stress and insecurity. It may not itself be the sole cause of conflict, but it can be a threat multiplier by bringing increased competition over shared water resources, causing loss of land due to desertification and sea-level rise, intensifying natural disasters, and forcing large population migration.
CNDS fellow, Ashok Swain (Uppsala University) contributed with a chapter on the strong incentives created by climate change for coun-tries and societies to come together to create various mechanisms and institutions at the global level to the Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations.
FLOODS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Uppsala University), re-ceiver of the Plinius Medal 2021 was interviewed by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and gave his personal take on floods in the Anthropocene. Over the past decades, human activities have in-creasingly altered the frequency, magnitude, and spatial distribution of flooding.
In the interview, Giuliano analyses "the good", "the bad" and "the ugly" generated by the interplay of floods and society.
DISASTERS AS OPPORTUNITY
CNDS PhD student, Åsa Davidsson (Karlstad University) has recently published a paper presenting case studies where disasters provided a window of opportunity for change that included social action with (potentially) positive effects on the environment. The study focused, inter alia, on identifying changes with a positive/negative and intended/unintended effect on the environment, as well as determining if a change was based on formal or informal decisions.
DYNAMIC MESH METHODS IN OPENFOAM
In their article, CNDS fellows, Malin Göteman and Eirini Katsidoniotaki (Uppsala University), compare morphing and overset methods implemented in OpenFOAM by modelling the re-sponse of a point-absorbing wave energy converter in extreme waves, identified along the 100-year extreme wave contour at the Humboldt Bay site, California.