Albay, first province to use SimCLIM software to examine effects of climate change
LEGAZPI CITY, May 13 -– The province of Albay is the first provincial government unit in the country to use the customized SimCLIM software, a computer model system for examining the effects of climate variability and change over time and space.
Center for Initiative and Research Center for climate Adaptation (CIRCA) executive director Nhong Rangasa explained that SimCLIM is an open framework modeling system which allows user to customize the model for geographical area and spatial resolution and to attach models.
The software has the capacity to assess baseline climate and current variability and extremes, present and future risks, investigate present and future adaptation, create scenarios of climate and sea level change, conduct sensitivity analyses, impact and others.
CIRCA is proposing to the national government for the construction of a Customized SimCLIM software modeling system for the Philippines.
Rangasa said that it could be applied in the work programs of several agencies in the country.
A version of SimCLIM customized for the Philippines will include the statistical downscaled Global Climate Monitoring (GCM) patterns, rather than directly bilinear interpolated GCM patterns in that characterized earlier version of the software.
Rangasa further said that SimCLIM outputs are multifaceted and applicable to a wide range of planning and sustainable development application and sustainable development applications. “It is, perhaps, first and foremost, a tool for creating possible scenarios of climate change that are then linked with various sectors, such as coastal, agriculture, water, health and the planning required to reduce the risk borne by societies and environments as a result in shifts in climate.”
Albay is the only province in the country using the SimCLIM software for revisiting the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Rangasa said Albay is moving advance in terms of climate change adaptation response.
Albay is the first province in the country to institutionalize CIRCA and declared as Global Local government Unit model for Climate Change adaptation by United Nations International Strategy Disaster Reduction Report 2008 and World Bank.
The province, through CIRCA, developed climate change integration in curriculum in all learning area, hosted two separate national conferences that resulted to the Manila Declaration as a tool for the early passage of disaster management bill and creation of the Climate Change Commission. (PNA)
From: http://balita.ph/2010/05/13/albay-first-province-to-use-simclim-software-to-examine-effects-of-climate-change/, 31 May 2010.