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The Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB V1.0) Contribution to CMIP6This paper describes the motivation for the creation of the Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services (VIACS) Advisory Board for the Sixth Phase of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6), its initial activities, and its plans to serve as a bridge between climate change applications experts and climate modelers. The climate change application community comprises researchers and other specialists who use climate information (alongside socioeconomic and other environmental information) to analyze vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation of natural systems and society in relation to past, ongoing, and projected future climate change. Much of this activity is directed toward the co-development of information needed by decisionmakers for managing projected risks. CMIP6 provides a unique opportunity to facilitate a two-way dialog between climate modelers and VIACS experts who are looking to apply CMIP6 results for a wide array of research and climate services objectives. The VIACS Advisory Board convenes leaders of major impact sectors, international programs, and climate services to solicit community feedback that increases the applications relevance of the CMIP6-Endorsed Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs). As an illustration of its potential, the VIACS community provided CMIP6 leadership with a list of prioritized climate model variables and MIP experiments of the greatest interest to the climate model applications community, indicating the applicability and societal relevance of climate model simulation outputs. The VIACS Advisory Board also recommended an impacts version of Obs4MIPs (observational datasets) and indicated user needs for the gridding and processing of model output.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Ruane, Alex C. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY United States)
Teichmann, Claas (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Germany)
Arnell, Nigel W. (Reading Univ. United Kingdom)
Carter, Timothy R. (Finnish Environment Inst. Helsinki, Finland)
Ebi, Kristie L. (Washington Univ. Seattle, WA, United States)
Frieler, Katja (Potsdam-Inst. fuer Klimafolgenforschung Potsdam, Germany)
Goodess, Clare M. (East Anglia Univ. Norwich, United Kingdom)
Hewitson, Bruce (Cape Town Univ. South Africa)
Horton, Radley (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Kovats, R. Sari (Medical Research Council London, United Kingdom)
Rosenzweig, Cynthia (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY United States)
Date Acquired
October 11, 2016
Publication Date
September 29, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: Geoscientific Model Development
Volume: 9
Issue: 9
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 50946.
Distribution Limits
Climate change
Climate models