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Kulima director participating in IPCC expert meeting on the Task Group on data and scenario support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA)

Palais des NationsDr Katharine Vincent is in Geneva this week to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on the Task Group on Data and Scenario for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA). The purpose of the meeting is to consolidate inputs from various parties on the future role of TGICA in relation to the needs of the IPCC, and in the context of an evolving landscape of climate climate-related data and scenario provision. Katharine will be contributing to a panel regarding data, technical guidelines and capacity building needs in the context of emerging climate services. This follows her participation in a meeting in July 2015 in New York. Ultimately the workshop report will be presented to the upcoming 43rd session of the IPCC in April in Nairobi.

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Kulima director participated in IPCC Expert Meeting of the Task Group on data and scenario support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA)

IPCC TGICA meetingLast week Dr Katharine Vincent participated in an IPCC Expert Meeting of the Task Group on data and scenario support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA), held at the Lamont Campus of Columbia University in New York. The focus of the meeting was "decision-centred approaches to the use of climate information". Within that, discussions centred around: improving uptake of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report; sharing experiences of applying data for impacts, adaptation and vulnerability assessments; and articulating good practices based on experiences of application of climate information – to inform knowledge products and guidance and the future activities of the TGICA group. Katharine gave a presentation on the climate information needs of the IAV research community on day one. 

Kulima director participates in IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture

kids in the fieldsDr Katharine Vincent is in Dublin this week to participate in the IPCC Expert Meeting on Climate Change, Food and Agriculture. She will be making a presentation on "Food production and food security" during a plenary session which gives an overview of food security. The expert meeting is being convened as a result of a decision by the IPCC bureau at its 40th session to consider existing information on the topic, and to recommend possible further action, including the options of producing a Technical Paper or Special Report, or to address the matter in the forthcoming assessment cycle. Katharine was also one of 13 members of the meeting's planning committee.

Kulima director publishes blog on IPCC for CDKN

Katharine Vincent at ACDI eventFollowing participation in a panel discussion at the African Climate and Development Initiative of lead authors after the release of the contribution of Working Group 2 (on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, Dr Katharine Vincent wrote a blog which was published on CDKN's website.  Titled "Communicate both the IPCC findings and the process", in it she argues not only for improved communication of the findings and their implications for policy and practice, but also for critical discussions on the purpose, history and institutional structure of the IPCC, as well as the process for creating the assessment reports.  Since its release the WG2 Summary for Policymakers has been downloaded over 200,000 times.  Yesterday WG3 released its report on mitigation options.  The synthesis report, covering all three working groups, will be available in October 2014.

IPCC Working Group 2 releases its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report

IPCC plenary 38Following plenary approval by the government members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Yokohama last week, Working Group 2 has released its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report.  The Summary for Policymakers, and the underlying scientific and technical assessment, are now available. The report shows that effects of climate change are being felt worldwide and that more needs to be done to reduce risk if we are to avoid future negative consequences. Dr Katharine Vincent was a Lead Author on the Rural Areas chapter and the Technical Summary, and a Contributing Author to the Africa chapter, and Ms Tracy Cull was a Contributing Author to the Rural Areas chapter.

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Kulima director attends IPCC SREX regional outreach meeting in South Africa

SREXMs Tracy Cull is currently in Centurion, South Africa, for a regional outreach meeting on the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  The workshop is organised by the IPCC, Government of Norway and South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and will be attended by policy-makers and practitioners from eastern and southern Africa.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss key findings of the report and their implication for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the region.

Kulima authors finalise inputs to IPCC Working Group 2 report

IPCC LAM4The final draft of the IPCC Working Group 2 (Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation) report was submitted on Friday, with inputs from Kulima's directors.  Dr Katharine Vincent has served as a Lead Author on the Rural Areas chapter, and a Contributing Author to the Africa chapter, whilst Ms Tracy Cull has served as a Contributing Author to the Rural Areas chapter.  The draft will now undergo another round of government review prior to being finalised and released in 2014.  Dr Katharine Vincent is also a Lead Author on the Technical Summary for Working Group 2. 

Dr Katharine Vincent in Bled (Slovenia) for IPCC Lead Authors Meeting

Bled-island-in-the-lake.jpg-e1373874974770Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Bled, Slovenia, for the 4th Lead Authors Meeting of IPCC Working Group 2 on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation.  Katharine is serving as a lead author on chapter 9 – rural areas, and a contributing author on chapter 22 – Africa.  She is also a lead author for the technical summary, and will be leading a discussion group on this in Bled.  Ms Tracy Cull is serving as a contributing author on chapter 9 – rural areas.  The Fifth Assessment Report will be forthcoming in 2014.

 

Dr Katharine Vincent in Buenos Aires for IPCC Lead Authors Meeting

Dr Katharine Vincent is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the 3rd Lead Authors Meeting of IPCC Working Group 2 on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation.  Katharine is serving as a lead author on chapter 9 – rural areas, and a contributing author on chapter 22 – Africa.  Ms Tracy Cull is serving as a contributing author on chapter 9 – rural areas.  The Fifth Assessment Report will be forthcoming in 2014.

IPCC announces call for applications for the second round of its scholarship programme

The IPCC Scholarship Programme has announced a call for applications for its second round. The aim of the IPCC Scholarship Programme is to build capacity in the understanding and management of climate change in developing countries through providing opportunities for young scientists from developing countries to undertake studies that would not be possible without the intervention of the Fund. Applications from students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) researching topics with the fields of study chosen for the call (socio-economic modelling related to climate change, underlying science of climate change, climate change and water) for applications are given priority. Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year are due by 30 September, and should be submitted online.