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IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis

Contact: IPCC Secretary
Start: Jan 01, 1996
Lead: IPCC (Switzerland)
Homepage: www.ipcc.ch

Project Description

The Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) facilitates distribution and application of climate change related data and scenarios. The TGICA oversees a Data Distribution Centre (DDC)which provides data sets, scenarios of climate change and other environmental and socio-economic conditions, and other materials (e.g., technical guidelines on the use of scenarios) and contributes to building capacity in the use of data and scenarios for climate-related research in developing and transition-economy regions and countries. The TGICA also convenes expert meetings on an as needed basis.

Since the TGICA was established in 1996, a great deal has changed regarding needs and services for data and scenarios. Most significantly, the community of users has evolved from a relatively small group of researchers focusing on global-scale modeling of the impacts of climate change, to a large and diverse set of actors all across the world, including national, state/provincial, and local entities, business and industry, non-governmental organizations, and community groups, as well as through the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme on adaptation. The more diverse group of users has a far more diverse set of data and scenario needs, including data products more appropriate to settings with limited computational, communications, and research capacity. The process for preparation of scenarios has also changed, and has become a more open, interdisciplinary process with a larger number of interactions across the climate modeling, impacts/adaptation/vulnerability, and integrated assessment modeling communities. These changes provide new challenges and opportunities for the TGICA.

TGICA Membership was refreshed in the summer of 2010 (see table below). The first meeting of the reappointed TGICA was held at the National Center for Atmosphere Research in Boulder, Colorado, from 4-6 August 2010. Drs Timothy Carter (Finland) and Bruce Hewitson (South Africa) have been appointed to serve as Interim TGICA Co-Chairs for a period of two years, with Dr Rachel Warren (United Kingdom) appointed as Co-Chair elect.

Further information about TGICA activities and developments can be found in the Progress Report submitted to the 32nd Session of the Panel, Busan, Republic of Korea, 11 - 14 October 2010 (IPCC-XXXII/Doc. 14) and the Progress Report submitted to the 33rd Session of the Panel, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10-13 May 2011 (IPCC-XXXIII/Doc. 19). This first report highlights the key conclusions of the group following the first meeting of the reappointed TGICA, related to the operation of the DDC, review and preparation of guidelines, and initiatives to promote capacity building. The second report outlines progress on TGICA-16 actions including a review of the DDC to identify updates needed to support the AR5 and consider other issues.

Most of these information have been collected from TGICA´s homepage .They have been last updated on Jun 04, 2015
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