Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity

This activity determines what climate trajectories and destinations are actually safe, and for whom? Which ones are unsafe and why? We will bring together interdisciplinary communities to determine pathways and “landings” that preserve habitability and food security, and identify societal adaptation limits and changes that must be avoided. This may involve finding a common footing for measuring and comparing impacts as seen from the SDG point of view. Addressing this goal requires a framework for defining and measuring safety, giving attention to how various communities are individually affected and should consider interactions between SDGs, adaptation, and mitigation measures, including geoengineering.


  • Understanding and constraining individual risks, and assigning overall levels of risk to different potential future pathways
  • Consideration of adaptation and resilience strategies across communities and ecosystems, and the impact of these and mitigation actions on SDGs, both regionally and globally.

This effort will draw on results from the other four themes. The construction of burning embers (e.g. Zommers et. al, 2020) in IPCC WGII and the underlying science ask similar questions. The lighthouse team is interacting with the teams from the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), consulting on how to go beyond AR6 and on how to make a step-change in our understanding of these risks associated with climate change rather than refining existing embers.

Working Group:

Neil  Harris (Lead) Cranfield University, UK UK
Kevin Reed (Lead) Stony Brook University, USA USA
Peter Alexander University of Edinburgh UK
Marco J. Cabrerizo University of Vigo and Centro de Investigación Mariña Spain
Felix Donkor University of Education Winneba Ghana
Luke Harrington University of Waikato New Zealand
Lisa Miller Insitute of Ocean Sciences/Fisheries and Oceans Canada Canada

Contact: Narelle van der Wel - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliate Members:

Oliver Bothe Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon Germany
Kevin Bourne IHS Markit UK
Matthieu Carré IPSL-LOCEAN, CNRS France
Urbano Fra.Paleo University of Extremadura Spain
Pierre  Friedlingstein University of Exeter and Paris Sciences et Lettres University UK/France
Gabi Hegerl University of Edinburgh UK
Daniel Hill University of Leeds UK
Stewart Jennings University of Leeds UK
Timo Kelder Climate Adaptation Services Foundation Netherlands
Hyungjun Kim Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and University of Tokyo, Japan Korea/Japan
Nirmal Kavindra Kularathne University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka
Gad Levy Pan-Ocean Remote Sensing Association/NorthWest Research Association USA
Thomas Lontzek RWTH Aachen University Germany
Denise Margaret Matias Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development Germany
Abdalla  Osman Adam Abdalla  University of Bahri  Sudan
Athanasios Sfetsos National Centre of Scientific Research "Demokritos" Greece
Laura Suarez-Gutierrez Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Germany