Climate Impact and Adaption Assessment: A Guide to the IPCC Approach / Edition 1

Climate Impact and Adaption Assessment: A Guide to the IPCC Approach / Edition 1

by Martin Parry, Timothy Carter
     
 

ISBN-10: 1853832669

ISBN-13: 9781853832666

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As governments around the globe begin to wake up to the far reaching effects of changes in climate, the search for available options and instruments for addressing the issue becomes increasingly vital. This authoritative, step-by-step guide to the assessment of the impacts from, and potential adaptations to, changes of climate is based on the approach developed by

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As governments around the globe begin to wake up to the far reaching effects of changes in climate, the search for available options and instruments for addressing the issue becomes increasingly vital. This authoritative, step-by-step guide to the assessment of the impacts from, and potential adaptations to, changes of climate is based on the approach developed by the authors and other scientists for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This approach has been widely adopted as 'best practice' by experienced researchers but has not, until now, been available in an accessible form.

This illuminating account of the methods used by the IPCC scientists will be essential for all those involved in the study of climate impacts and adaptations, or designing and implementing policies for dealing with them. Written in non-technical language, this state-of-the-art guide is ideal for all people interested in the far-reaching implications of climate change and the greenhouse effect. The book contains numerous illustrations, including several worked examples, clearly presented in boxes and diagrams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853832666
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Acronyms, Abbreviations and Chemical Formulae
Preface
1Introduction1
2Understanding and Predicting Climate Change5
3Climate Impact Assessment: Developing the Method23
4The First Step: Defining the Problem28
5The Second Step: Selecting the Method35
6The Third Step: Testing the Method60
7The Fourth Step: Developing the Scenarios72
8The Fifth Step: Assessing the Impacts95
9The Sixth and Seventh Steps: Evaluating Adaptive Responses114
10Conclusions: Organizing the Research and Communicating Results137
App. 1Summary and Main Features of Integrated Assessment Models140
App. 2Some International Data Sources of Interest in Climate-Impact Assessment Studies142
References and Notes146
Index161

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