SimCLIM: Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment Training 3 Day workshop
CLIMsystems strives to empower individuals, organizations and communities to reduce the risks posed by climatic variability and change, through the provision of software tools and scientific information for better decision-making. As an International organization based in the Waikato region of Aotearoa New Zealand we engage with communities, businesses and nations to help them navigate their issues of concern using SimCLIM. SimCLIM is a computer model system for examining the effects of climate variability and change over time and space. Its "open-framework" feature allows users to customise the model for their own geographical area and spatial resolution and to attach region specific/crafted impact models for each user.
SimCLIM is designed to support decision making and climate proofing in a wide range of situations where climate and climate change pose risk and uncertainty. Risks can be assessed both currently, using historical data and in the future using IPCC projections. With SimCLIM users can conduct sensitivity analysis and examine sectoral impacts of climate change. SimCLIM is map based and supports integrated impact analysis at various scales.
Save these dates for your opportunity to train on SimCLIM and please view the training pack attached:
DATES: 21st March, 2012 to 23rd March, 2012
PLACE: HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND
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SimCLIM has other advantages:
Part of the decision-making process: Rather than "science apart", SimCLIM is specifically designed for bridging the gap between science and policy/planning. While remaining a tool that is scientifically rigorous, it is nevertheless sufficiently user-friendly, transparent and intuitively visual to be understood, and even used, by non-scientists in planning and policy-making situations. Because of this flexibility, SimCLIM can become integrated as part of the planning process itself.
As an example; during recent regional council workshops in Australia, SimCLIM was run "live" during many workshop sessions and "on-the-spot" analyses performed to help illuminate the implications of, for example, different greenhouse gas emission scenarios, global climate models results or impact model parameters. Importantly, this encouraged planners and decision-makers to become actively engaged in the science themselves, and not simply to be the recipients of a scientific report.
Integration: The key feature of each of the CLIMsystems products is the unique integration of locally sourced data and harmonizing with SimCLIM models that allow simulations of the effects of climate variability and change (from global to local) which can be performed in a quick and seamless manner.
Multiple runs and sensitivity analyses: There is flexibility to construct a myriad of scenarios under various assumptions and uncertainties concerning GHG emission scenarios, GCM model results, and climate sensitivities emanating from climate feedbacks. SimCLIM’s scenario generation tools are linked to impact models, so that impact analyses can be conducted in a simple manner for the user.
Easily updated: SimCLIM is relatively simple to update by importing new spatial and time-series data and by modifying component impact models. The implications of such changes can then be easily examined by re-running the system. In effect, SimCLIM becomes an evolving tool, changing as the science changes thus allowing the user to re-craft local solutions based on new/better information.