Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3493–3515, 2016

Special issue: Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) Experimental...

Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3493–3515, 2016

Model experiment description paper 29 Sep 2016

Model experiment description paper | 29 Sep 2016

The Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation and Climate Services Advisory Board (VIACS AB v1.0) contribution to CMIP6

Alex C. Ruane1, Claas Teichmann2, Nigel W. Arnell3, Timothy R. Carter4, Kristie L. Ebi5, Katja Frieler6, Clare M. Goodess7, Bruce Hewitson8, Radley Horton9, R. Sari Kovats10, Heike K. Lotze11, Linda O. Mearns12, Antonio Navarra13, Dennis S. Ojima14, Keywan Riahi15, Cynthia Rosenzweig1, Matthias Themessl16, and Katharine Vincent17 Alex C. Ruane et al.
  • 1NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA
  • 2Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Hamburg, Germany
  • 3Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 4Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Helsinki, Finland
  • 5Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 6Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany
  • 7Climatic Research Unit, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • 8Climate System Analysis Group, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 9Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • 10Centre on Global Change and Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • 11Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 12National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA
  • 13Centro EuroMediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Bologna, Italy
  • 14Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
  • 15International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria
  • 16Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), Vienna, Austria
  • 17Kulima Integrated Development Solutions (Pty) Ltd and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract. This 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 decision-makers 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 and indicated user needs for the gridding and processing of model output.

Short summary
The Vulnerability, Impacts, Adaptation, and Climate Services (VIACS) Advisory Board for CMIP6 was created to improve communications between communities that apply climate model output for societal benefit and the climate model centers. This manuscript describes the establishment of the VIACS Advisory Board as a coherent avenue for communication utilizing leading networks, experts, and programs; results of initial interactions during the development of CMIP6; and its potential next activities.