The IOGP (The International Oil and Gas Producers Association) recently held a workshop on “Our future climate – understanding the spread of physical risk for the oil and gas industry”. The workshop brought together climate researchers and over 40 IOGP members from around the world (including BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips). The aim of the workshop was to disseminate the latest research on how climate change may impact the oil and gas industry and what steps IOGP members can take to better understand these risks to assist with planning for adaptation to potential changes.
The ERA4CS WINDSURFER project was well represented at the workshop with Prof Oyvind Breivik from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute speaking on the impact of climate change on extreme waves and Prof Len Shaffrey from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science in the UK speaking on how the North Atlantic storms might change in the future. ERA4CS WINDSURFER is a three-year project involving eight leading research institutions across Europe to co-develop new methods, tools and assessments of extreme wind and wave risk with a focus on Insurance, Forestry and Energy.