Cross-sectoral ISIMIP workshop with preview of ISIpedia online encyclopedia

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On 4-7 June, the community around the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP, www.isimip.org) gathered for cross-sectoral exchange in Paris. Almost 100 scientists from nearly all ISIMIP sectors came together to discuss their current work. 

A special focus was put on the preparation of the next simulation round (“ISIMIP3”). This included discussions on how to best cover input-data needs. Climate modellers from the CRESCENDO project (https://www.crescendoproject.eu/) discussed different spatial resolutions and gave an update on the provision of climate models in CMIP6. These will be used to drive the impact projections within ISIMIP3. 

Furthermore, the online encyclopedia ISIpedia (https://www.isimip.org/isipedia/), which is currently being developed, was previewed at the workshop. ISIpedia will feature written country-level impact assessments. The assessments will cover the entire globe and use a non-technical language to reach a wide audience from decision-makers to the interested public.

A highlight of the workshop was the keynote speech by Roda Verheyen, the climate-litigation lawyer representing a Peruvian farmer in his claim against a German power producer. She ended with a call for scientists to take a more active role in serving as experts in court to explain the relationship between climate change and observed impacts.

The ISIpedia project aims at developing a user-friendly online “encyclopedia” for observed and projected information on the impacts of climate change, based on data and scientific knowledge generated within the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP, www.isimip.org). ISIMIP is a consistent framework for geographically-resolved simulations of the impacts of climate change across a wide coverage of sectors such as agriculture, coastal systems, and fisheries.

JPI Climate Central Secretariat, Tuesday 6 August 2019