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Huber et al. 2014

Huber, V., H.J. Schellnhuber, N.W. Arnell, K. Frieler, A.D. Friend, D. Gerten, I. Haddeland, P. Kabat, H. Lotze-Campen, W. Lucht, M. Parry, F. Piontek, C. Rosenzweig, J. Schewe, and L. Warszawski, 2014: Climate impacts research: Beyond patchwork. Earth Syst. Dyn., 5, 399-408, doi:10.5194/esd-5-399-2014.

Despite significant progress in climate impacts research, the narratives that science can presently piece together of a 2, 3, 4, or 5 °C warmer world remain fragmentary. Here we briefly review past undertakings to comprehensively characterise and quantify climate impacts based on multi-model approaches. We then report on the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP), a community-driven effort to systematically compare impacts models across sectors and scales, and to quantify the uncertainties along the chain from greenhouse gas emissions and climate input data to the modelling of climate impacts themselves. We show how ISI-MIP and similar efforts can substantially advance the science relevant to impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and we outline the steps that need to be taken in order to make the most of available modelling tools. We discuss pertinent limitations of these methods and how they could be tackled. We argue that it is time to consolidate the current patchwork of impacts knowledge through integrated cross-sectoral assessments, and that the climate impacts community is now in a favourable position to do so.

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  author={Huber, V. and Schellnhuber, H. J. and Arnell, N. W. and Frieler, K. and Friend, A. D. and Gerten, D. and Haddeland, I. and Kabat, P. and Lotze-Campen, H. and Lucht, W. and Parry, M. and Piontek, F. and Rosenzweig, C. and Schewe, J. and Warszawski, L.},
  title={Climate impacts research: Beyond patchwork},
  journal={Earth Syst. Dyn.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - hu06100q
AU  - Huber, V.
AU  - Schellnhuber, H. J.
AU  - Arnell, N. W.
AU  - Frieler, K.
AU  - Friend, A. D.
AU  - Gerten, D.
AU  - Haddeland, I.
AU  - Kabat, P.
AU  - Lotze-Campen, H.
AU  - Lucht, W.
AU  - Parry, M.
AU  - Piontek, F.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
AU  - Schewe, J.
AU  - Warszawski, L.
PY  - 2014
TI  - Climate impacts research: Beyond patchwork
JA  - Earth Syst. Dyn.
VL  - 5
SP  - 399
EP  - 408
DO  - 10.5194/esd-5-399-2014
ER  -

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