Innovations in Science and Scenarios for Assessment

TitleInnovations in Science and Scenarios for Assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKunkel, Kenneth E., Moss Richard, and Parris Adam
JournalClimatic Change
Volume135
Number1
Pages55-68
Abstract / Summary

Scenarios for the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3) were produced for physical climate and sea level rise with substantial input from disciplinary and regional experts. These scenarios underwent extensive review and were published as NOAA Technical Reports. For land use/cover and socioeconomic conditions, scenarios already developed by other agencies were specified for use in the NCA3. Efforts to enhance participatory scenario planning as an assessment activity were pursued, but with limited success. Issues and challenges included the timing of availability of scenarios, the need for guidance in use of scenarios, the need for approaches to nest information within multiple scales and sectors, engagement and collaboration of end users in scenario development, and development of integrated scenarios. Future assessments would benefit from an earlier start to scenarios development, the provision of training in addition to guidance documents, new and flexible approaches for nesting information, ongoing engagement and advice from both scientific and end user communities, and the development of consistent and integrated scenarios.

URLhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-015-1494-z/fulltext.html
DOI10.1007/s10584-015-1494-z
Funding Program: 
Journal: Climatic Change
Year of Publication: 2015
Volume: 135
Number: 1
Pages: 55-68
Publication Date: 08/2015

Scenarios for the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA3) were produced for physical climate and sea level rise with substantial input from disciplinary and regional experts. These scenarios underwent extensive review and were published as NOAA Technical Reports. For land use/cover and socioeconomic conditions, scenarios already developed by other agencies were specified for use in the NCA3. Efforts to enhance participatory scenario planning as an assessment activity were pursued, but with limited success. Issues and challenges included the timing of availability of scenarios, the need for guidance in use of scenarios, the need for approaches to nest information within multiple scales and sectors, engagement and collaboration of end users in scenario development, and development of integrated scenarios. Future assessments would benefit from an earlier start to scenarios development, the provision of training in addition to guidance documents, new and flexible approaches for nesting information, ongoing engagement and advice from both scientific and end user communities, and the development of consistent and integrated scenarios.

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1494-z
Citation:
Kunkel, KE, R Moss, and A Parris.  2015.  "Innovations in Science and Scenarios for Assessment."  Climatic Change 135(1): 55-68.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-015-1494-z.