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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Local Environment
Written by Martin Perry and Timothy Carter — two lead authors of an important report...a crisp review.
Land Degredation & Development
The balance of concise text, bullet-point issues or examples, together with the use of boxes to illustrate case studies and of flow diagrams to summarize relationships, provides a successful introduction to the subject... The very attractive price of the paperback copy, and the urgent requirement of many students for a practical/applicable approach to the more conceptual part of their scientific/environmental training, means that this book is likely to fill a niche in a large number of undergraduate courses in geography, environmental science and engineering geology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853832710
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Parry is Professor of Environmental Management and Director of the Jackson Environment Institute at University College London.
Timothy Carter is a senior researcher with the Agricultural Research Centre of Finland based at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki.

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Table of Contents

• Understanding and Predicting Climate Change
• Climate Impact Assessment: Developing the Method
• The First Step: Defining the Problem
• The Second Step: Selecting the Method
• The Third Step: Testing the Method
• The Fourth Step: Developing the Scenarios The Fifth step: Assessing the Impacts
• The Sixth and Seventh Steps: Evaluating Adaptive Responses
• Conclusions: Organizing the Research and Communicating Results
• Appendix 1:Summary and Main Features of Integrated Assessment Models
• Appendix 2: Some International Data Sources of Interest in Climate-Impact Assessment Studies
• References and Notes
• Index

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