To build global knowledge leadership on emergent risks and extreme events

Extreme climate and weather events, associated disasters, and emergent risks are becoming increasingly critical in the context of global environmental change. They are a potential major threat to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and one of the most pressing challenges for future human well-being. Even if global warming is limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius, as agreed on in the Paris Climate Accord, the impacts of climate extremes will be posing serious threats to human societies and ecosystems.

The Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events provides an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines and engineering working on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance under the umbrella of the Future Earth, IRDR and WCRP programs, to exchange information, knowledge and data.

interim Development Team (iDT)

Jana Sillmann
Mark Pelling
Markus Reichstein
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Expression of interest for Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN) membership

We invite interested researchers to express their interest in a membership in the Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events, in the Development Team (DT) and/or working groups. All positions are voluntary.
To express your interest, complete the form here.  Thanks in advance!
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Scenarios Forum Conference – call for abstracts now open

Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

March 11-13, 2019 University of Denver, Denver, Colorado


Climate Anomalies and Events

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Climate Report for June 2018.
Published online July 2018, retrieved on August 2, 2018 from



The Risk KAN is a joint initiative by