The COP21, which led to the Paris Agreement, had almost neglected public health, despite the joint appeal of the French Society of Public Health, the French Society for Health and Environment, and the National Council of the Medical Association to put this component in the center of the negotiations of the 21th conference of climate parts: “the big future climate events constitute major risks for the health and lives of the most vulnerable signatories so concerned about the low focus.
Also the conference to be held in the mornings of Haifa 2 and 3 May 2016 Nir Ezion Resort Hotel is of particular importance as it will bring together Israeli and French experts on climate and health. Prof. Haim Kutiel, head of climatology laboratory at the University of Haifa, architect of this exceptional event, managed to bring together a distinguished panel of experts from both countries.
On French side: INSERM, National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Météo-France, Mercator, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, ECCOREV, the Laboratory of Meteorology Physics of Clermont-Ferrand.
On Israeli side: the Volcani Institute, Haifa University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Scientific Committee: Prof. Haim Kutiel, Director; Dr. Anna Brook; Dr. Shlomit Paz; Dr. Lea Wittenberg
Professor Haim Kutiel, Haifa University
Monday 02 May 2016
09:00-09:30 Greetings and Opening Session
Prof. Haim Kutiel, Head of the Scientific Committee
Ms. Ilana Lowi, Director, Division for International Relations, MOST
Mr. Sebastien Linden, Scientific Attaché, French Embassy, General Secretary of the High Council
Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Deputy Chief Scientist and Director for Science and Engineering Research
09:30-11:10 Session I – Climate Change and Public Health, chair: Prof. Marie Drévillon
Shlomit Paz, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – Climate change impacts on vector-borne diseases – European and Mediterranean viewpoints.
Maya Negev, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – Health aspects in national and local climate change adaptation plans in Mediterranean climate regions. Leon Blaustein, Institute of Evolution and Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – Climate change and biodiversity: Direct and indirect consequences for mosquito production.
Isabella Annesi-Maesano, lsce, ipsl, France – AiR and Climate Health Impact in the MEDiterranean Eastern and Southern regions: Preparation phase :ARCHIMEDES.
11:10-11:40 Coffee Break
11:40-13:20 Session II – Impacts on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, chair: Prof. Efrat Morin
Dan Yakir, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel – Some trade-offs in the interactions between land use and climate change.
Joël Guiot, Directeur de la fédération de recherche ECCOREV – What are the implications of a 2°C or 1.5°C global warming for the Mediterranean ecosystems?
Shmuel Assouline, A.R.O. – Volcani Center, Institute of soil, water and environmental sciences, Israel – Evolution of leaf stomata configuration affecting plant gas exchange under changing climatic conditions.
Dennis Fox, Département de Géographie, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis Nice, Cedex 3, France – How firefighting strategies and zoning laws have reduced fire occurrence in the Wildland Urban Interface despite increasing summer temperatures in SE France.
13:20-14:20 Lunch Break
14:20-16:00 Session III – Impacts on Air Pollution and Precipitation, chair: Prof. Philippe Drobinski
Philippe Ricaud, Météo-France/CNRS, Toulouse, France – Overview of the Gradient in Longitude of Atmospheric constituents above the Mediterranean basin (GLAM) airborne summer campaign. Uri Dayan, Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel – Atmospheric Pollution over the Eastern Mediterranean during summer – A Review.
Efrat Morin, Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel – Climate change and their impacts on precipitation and streamflow in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Marie Monier, Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique, Université Clermont-Fd, France – CEMBAI (Climate in Eastern Mediterranean Basin – Aerosol Impact), a French project to understand how particles impact climate through aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-17:45 Session IV – Impacts on the Marine Environment, chair: Prof. Uri Dayan
Philippe Drobinski, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace/Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau, Cedex, France – Mediterranean water cycle and evolution in the context of climate change.
Marie Drévillon, Manager of Monitoring and Forecasting Systems Evaluation Service research and Development Department Mercator Ocean 8-10 rue Hermès, 31520 Ramonville St Agne, France – Monitoring the state of the Ocean in the context of climate change, recent progress and future challenges for Mercator Ocean.
Anna Brook, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – Spatial Statistics of Gulf of Lions SST anomalies.
Tuesday 03 May 2016
09:00-10:30 Session V – Climate change, Forest Fires and Management Approaches, chair: Prof. Dennis Fox.
Haim Kutiel, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – Weather conditions and forest fires on Mt. Carmel.
Anna Brook, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – The role of remote sensing in wildfire management.
Lea Wittenberg, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel – The cumulative effects of recurrent fires on soil-vegetation dynamic. Mt. Carmel, Israel
10:30-13:30 Departure to a field trip to the post fire areas on Mt. Carmel
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break (for Israeli-French Lecturers only)
14:30-16:00 Visit at the University of Haifa
Organizing committee: Dr. David Harari, Co-President Israel- France High Council for Research and Technology Research ; Mrs. Ilana Lowi, Director, Division for International Relations, MOST
Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, Deputy Chief Scientist and Director for Science and Engineering Research, MOST ; Mr. Sebastien Linden, Scientific Attaché, French Embassy, General Secretary of the High Council ; Mrs. Claire Levaton, Director for French Israel Relations, MOST ; Dr. Alexandre Superville, French Embassy, Scientific and Academic Project Manager