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Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling



IPCC Working Groups

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an international body of scientists and policy-makers established under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) auspices in 1988 to inform international policy-makers on climate change. The IPCC, which is organized into three working groups, submitted its first assessment in 1990 and an interim report in 1992. The second full IPCC assessment is due to be presented in 1996.

The IPCC is involved in integrated assessment in the following ways:

  • An early integrated-assessment model, ASF, was used to prepare scenarios of future emissions and atmospheric concentrations for the IPCC in 1990 and 1992. These scenarios were used in the scientific and impacts analyses of IPCC Working Groups 1 and 2, and have become benchmarks for the calibration and inter-comparison of integrated assessment models.
  • Results of many integrated-assessment projects will contribute to the 1996 IPCC assessment report, which will also include a review of issues and projects in integrated assessment.
  • By involving many integrated-assessment researchers, IPCC working groups facilitate the flow of information across disciplines and projects.


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Parson, E.A. and K. Fisher-Vanden, Searching for Integrated Assessment: A Preliminary Investigation of Methods, Models, and Projects in the Integrated Assessment of Global Climatic Change. Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). University Center, Mich. 1995.


Suggested Citation

Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). 1995. Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling of Climate Change [online]. Palisades, NY: CIESIN. Available at [accessed DATE].



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