Science, Assessment & Monitoring

This section relates to the scientific analysis, research and predictions about the magnitude of the impact of many effects of a changing global climate. It covers issues related to climate science and the assessment and monitoring of climate variability.

INDC Analyses Show Improvement, Need for Radical Action [viewed]

unfccc_etc_wcrp2 May 2016: The UNFCCC Seceretariat has released an updated synthesis report outlining the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by 189 Parties as of 4 April 2016. The report finds that full implementation of both the conditional and unconditional actions outlined in the INDCs would result in total aggregate global emission levels of 55 (51.4-57.3) Gt carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent (eq) in 2025 and 56.2 (52-59.3) Gt CO2-eq in 2030. While this emissions trajectory does show an improvement over likely pre-INDC scenarios, it is far from those consistent with the goal of limiting warming to 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

read more »

ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning [viewed]

un_rimes25 April 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques.

read more »

IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

read more »

CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate [viewed]

CGIAR14 April 2016: The third Science Forum of the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR Consortium discussed pathways through which agricultural research can support the inclusive development of rural economies under conditions of climate change.

read more »

FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

read more »

Vulnerable Countries Urge Financial Responses to Climate Change Consistent with 1.5°C Limit [viewed]

v2014 April 2016: Finance ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group consisting of 43 developing countries 'systemically' vulnerable to climate change have agreed to advance climate change responses through financial action compatible with the goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, calling for swifter progress towards the developed countries' commitment of US$100 billion annually.

read more »

IPCC Plans Special Reports on a 1.5°C Limit, Land Use and Oceans During AR6 Cycle [viewed]

ipcc4313 April 2016: During the 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-43), the Panel considered its role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement as the IPCC embarks on its sixth assessment cycle. In planning for the cycle, the IPCC decided to undertake three special reports (SRs), flag cities as an SR for the seventh assessment report (AR7) cycle, refine the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories through a methodology report and integrate regional aspects more thoroughly into AR6. It was also announced that Abdalah Mokssit (Morocco) will be the next IPCC Secretary.

read more »

Event: Oceans and Climate Meeting in Preparation for Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 22 [viewed]

This is the third in a series of initial discussion meetings on oceans and climate change, which aim to: prioritize actions to be undertaken during the next 12 months to advance specific aspects of the oceans and climate agenda; help mobilize a group of high-level leaders on oceans and climate to provide the necessary political impetus and support; consider which collaborating organizations have the comparative advantage and willingness to take the lead on specific priority actions; and initiate work with the Government of Morocco and others to ensure oceans issues are prominent at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, in particular, through the convening of Oceans Day. Priority actions will draw from recommendations on oceans and climate related to mitigation, adaptation, displacement, financing, and capacity development, laid out at Oceans Day during UNFCCC COP 21.  

read more »

Event: Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016 [viewed]

The next Quadrennial Ozone Symposium will include scientific papers on all aspects of atmospheric ozone such as: tropospheric ozone; past and future budgets and trends and long-range transport; observations and budgets of trace constituents related to atmospheric ozone; and ozone chemistry, sources, sinks and budgets.  

read more »

Global Methane Forum, Related Events Explore Methane Abatement Strategies [viewed]

global_methane_forum1 April 2016: The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted the Global Methane Forum, which focused on international methane reduction, highlighting methane reduction technologies, policies and opportunities, and addressing finance issues. The Forum was directly followed by the CCAC second annual Science Policy Dialogue on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative Workshop and the CCAC Working Group Meeting.

read more »