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IPCC-TGCIA Guidelines on the Use of Scenario Data for Climate Impact and Adaptation Assessment
Description

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Data Distribution Centre (DDC) www.ipcc-data.org provides access to data sets, climate and other scenarios, and other materials (e.g., technical guidelines on use of scenarios). The DDC operates under the oversight of the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Assessment (TGICA), which was established by the IPCC to facilitate wide availability of climate change-related data and scenarios to enable research and sharing of information across the three IPCC working groups.

There are four technical guideline documents:

  1. General Guidelines on the use of Scenario Data for Climate Impact and Adaptation Assessment (2007);
  2. Guidelines for Use of Climate Scenarios Developed from Regional Climate Model Experiments;
  3. Guidelines for Use of Climate Scenarios Developed from Statistical Downscaling Methods;
  4. Future climate in world regions: an intercomparison of model-based projections for the new IPCC emissions scenarios(Regional Scatter Diagrams).

There is also a visualisation tool, providing maps of observed and projected climate variables and a help desk.

Appropriate Use Scenario data should be applied as part of a greater methodological framework for climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment.
Scope All regions and sectors. IPCC approved data and technical guidelines on its use.
Key Output The data available from the DDC should be used in conjunction with the technical guidelines. Primarily designed to serve the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research community. Also of potential interest to policy makers, planners and the general public. The DDC provides technical guidelines and three types of data: observed global climate data sets, nonclimatic (other environmental, socio-economic and emissions) baseline and scenario information, and results from global climate model experiments.
Key Input Queries and user feedback
Key tools  Data visualisation, data archive, technical guidelines on use of data.
Ease of Use Depends on techniques employed
Training Required Depends on guidelines employed
Training Available No formal training offered
Computer Requirements Browser for data access. Additional software may be required to process some of the data. Details are provided on the DDC site www.ipcc-data.org
Documentation Available at pdf-icon http://www.ipcc-data.org/guidelines/TGICA_guidance_sdciaa_v2_final.pdf
Applications

Not applicable

Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Tim Carter, Finish Environment Institute; Tel: +358.9.40300.315; e-mail: tim.carter@vyh.fi.

Data: IPCC Document Distribution Center, e-mail: ipcc.ddc@uea.ac.uk; website: http://ipcc-ddc.cru.uea.ac.uk.

Dr. Michael Lautenschlager, IPCC DDC Manager; Tel: +49.404.1173.297; e-mail: lautenschlager@dkrz.de.

Cost Guidelines and data are provided free of charge
References

IPCC-TGICA, 2007: General Guidelines on the Use of Scenario Data for Climate Impact and Adaptation Assessment. Version 2. Prepared by T.R. Carter on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Assessment.