IPCC Task Group Meeting Opens

Geneva, Switzerland 19 November 2008: The 15th meeting of the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for

Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) opened on 19 November 2008, at the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and will

conclude on 21 November.

The TGICA facilitates wide availability of climate

change-related data and scenarios to enable research and sharing of information

across the three IPCC working groups. At the meeting, TGICA members will

address the process of refreshing TGICA membership as the IPCC Fifth Assessment

cycle commences. The meeting is also expected to finalize technical guidelines

on socioeconomic scenarios, sea-level rise and observed impacts, and discuss

management and improvements to the Data Distribution Centre. Members of the

TGICA will also be briefed regarding ongoing work on scenario development. [TGICA Website]