IPCC TGICA meeting participants gather on the lawn of the Comer Building, Lamont Campus, Palisades New York, June 30. The use of climate data and scenarios to support decision making was the focus of back-to-back international meetings hosted by CIESIN.
The use of climate data and scenarios to support decision making was the focus of back-to-back international meetings hosted by CIESIN at Columbia's Lamont campus in Palisades, New York June 28–July 2. The meetings were organized by the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). On June 28–29, the TGICA held its 22nd meeting since its founding in 1996, addressing its ongoing responsibilities for managing the IPCC Data Distribution Centre (DDC) and continuing its efforts to develop guidance materials and other materials to facilitate access to and appropriate use of climate and socioeconomic data and information stemming from the IPCC assessments.
June 30–July 2, the TGICA organized an international expert meeting, "Decision-Centered Approaches to the use of Climate Information," which brought together more than 40 experts from around the world involved in using and producing climate-related data services. The specific objective of this expert meeting was to help guide and promote the appropriate application of new information emerging from the IPCC′s Fifth Assessment (AR5) released last year. The meeting included a guest lecture by Sabine Marx of Columbia's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED),“Decision Making under Uncertainty: A Social-Science Approach to Understanding and Improving the Use of Climate Information.″ CIESIN deputy director Marc Levy was one of the invited experts, and other CIESIN staff participated as observers.
CIESIN hosts the socioeconomic component of the IPCC DDC through the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). CIESIN director Robert Chen has served as an ex officio member of the TGICA for more than 15 years.