Project to develop an online portal for national-level, cross-sectoral climate-impact assessments, based on state-of-the-art climate-impacts simulations from ISIMIP

This project, which is being developed by over 10 partners, aims to develop an online inter-sector impacts encyclopedia, which will be called ISIpedia.

IIASA is leading one of the three work packages in the project. Led by Yoshihide Wada, IIASA is heading the Assessment and Editorial Team (AET), who are responsible for curating the content of ISIpedia impact assessment and for the online portal, as a whole. 

Project Details

ISIpedia will include a new round of ISIMIP climate-impacts simulations. The focus topic of the simulation round will be decided upon in consultation with relevant interest groups and stakeholders.  Stakeholders will also contribute to designing the ISIpedia web portal, including the content of the impacts assessments.

Key features of ISIpedia will be:

  • Access to the assessment and synthesis of national-level climate-impact projections, including for the emissions pathways currently being discussed within the UNFCCC climate change negotiations.
  • Transparent documentation of model limitations, and access to comparisons between historical simulations and observations for the purposes of model evaluation.
  • Regionally-resolved visualizations of climate-impacts projections for important sector-specific and cross-sectoral indicators.
  • A simple overview of the available of the available ISIMIP simulations with easy access to the data.
  • A central access point for input and validation data for climate-impact scientists, including establishing a data base of local management practices and socio-economic quantities, which directly drive changes in climate-impacts indicators.

A beta-version of ISIpedia is due to go online in the second half of 2019.

ISIpedia Work Packages © IIASA
ISIpedia Work Packages
Principal investigator Role Partner Institute Funding Organisation
Dr. Katja Frieler (Lead Principle Investigator) & Dr. Lila Warszawski Project leader, ISIMIP Team Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Dr. Bill Hare SET Climate Analytics gGmbH Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler ISIMIP Team (terrestrial biodiversity) Senckenberg Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Dr. Jochen Hinkel ISIMIP Team (coastal infrastructure) Global Climate Forum Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Dr. Hannes Müller Schmied ISIMIP Team (water (global)) Goethe University, Frankfurt Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Dr. Eric Galbraith ISIMIP Team (marine ecosystems & fisheries) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad, Spain (MINECO)
Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth ISIMIP Team (agriculture) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Federal Ministry of Research & Education, Germany (BMBF)
Dr. Philippe Ciais ISIMIP Team (biomes), AET Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France (ANR)
Dr. Joacim Rocklöv ISIMIP Team (vector-borne diseases & malnutrition) Umea University Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, Sweden (FORMAS)
Dr. Pena Ortiz & Dr. Veronika Huber ISIMIP Team (water-borne diseases & thermal stress) Universidad Pablo de Olavide Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad, Spain (MINECO)
Prof. Dr. Detlef van Vuuren & Dr. Michelle van Vliet ISIMIP Team (econmic integration & energy) Utrecht University The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Netherlands (NWO)
Dr Yoshihide Wada AET International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) / Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, Austria