Climate models, projections and uncertainties in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Introduction for researchers and decision makersSubmitted by andrea on Mon, 2010-06-07 18:26
In order to assess potential impacts of climate change and hence develop appropriate adaptation strategies, reliable estimates of likely changes in future climate are necessary.
Proceedings of the Training Conducted under the APN Project "Capacity Development on Integration of Science and Local Knowledge for Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability Assessments" (CIA2009-02-Pulhin)
26-29 April 2010
Climate change impacts and vulnerability in the Philippines vary depending on the area’s geographic location, climate system (the country has four climatic classification), and socio‐economic condition. As such, while assessments at the national level give a picture of the overall impacts of climate change in the country, which may thereby result in enabling policies for appropriate plans and actions, responses on the risks and threats need to be area‐specific in order to effectively address the climate change related concerns. Furthermore, with the decentralization policy, the Philippine local government units, particularly at the provincial level, are at the forefront of actions for responding to climate change impacts and risks. It is therefore necessary to familiarise them on how to conduct climate change impacts and vulnerability assessment in their respective jurisdictions to enhance their preparedness strategies. A close collaboration among the scientists/researchers, local government units and the local communities, with the aid of a computer modeling system, is crucial to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the risks, threats and needs.
Climate simulation models are important for enhancing our understanding on past and present climate creating scenarios of future climate change, and examining risks attributed to predicted changes in climate. Results of climate model simulations are useful for improving plans and developing preparedness strategies that aid in increasing resilience on risks posed by the changing climate. This training will use SimCLIM as the climate modeling system for conducting an integrated assessment of the vulnerability to and impacts of climate change in the province of Albay.
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Vanuatu National Advisory Committee on Climate Change (NACCC), Vanuatu Meteorological Services, and CLIMsystems Ltd.
Port Vila, Vanuatu and Hamilton, New Zealand - The Vanuatu National Advisory Committee on Climate Change (NACCC) through its Second National Communication (SNC) Project in collaboration with the Vanuatu Meteorological Services and CLIMsystems Ltd.
The Vanuatu National Advisory Committee on Climate Change (NACCC) through its Second National Communication (SNC) Project in collaboration with the Vanuatu Meteorological Services and CLIMsystems Ltd. of New Zealand have generated preliminary climate change and sea level rise results that will form the background for the country’s SNC reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Using the newly digitised site-specific time series daily data a preliminary analysis was done on some of the major sites selected for field survey for the Second National Communication.
Another important activity completed during this visit enabled sea level data to be analysed using VanuaCLIM and other software products developed by CLIMsystems.
For additional detail on Vanuatu’s climate change initiatives, contact Brian Phillips, the Secretary of NACCC at the Vanuatu Climate Change Office: email@example.com.