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Organizing Committee:

With the recent completion of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and of the U.S. National Assessment, this is a good time to take a step back and evaluate how assessments of the impacts of climate variability and change are performed. In addition, the growing capability for seasonal forecasting provides an invaluable opportunity for deepening the understanding of how seasonal climate variations affect a region's key natural resources.

A number of groups worldwide are currently engaged in such assessments at regional levels. This workshop will bring together practioners and theorists of regional assessment to discuss methods and approaches, to share successes and failures, and to discuss the blending of academic research with policy influence.


  • To compare approaches in assessing the actual impacts of climate variations, and the potential impacts of climate change, on a regional scale. Impacts assessment in this context includes both sensitivity analysis and vulnerability analysis.

  • To advance the state of knowledge and methods of regional assessment, including research design, overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary research, and translating research into action.

  • To support efforts by developing countries and former east-bloc countries to assess impacts of climate variability and change.


The workshop will include an invited speakers series, featuring members of research groups that focus on regional integrated assessment of climate impacts, contributed talks, posters, and displays with ample opportunity for discussion. The preliminary workshop schedule is available here. The official language of the workshop is English.

The invited speakers will address a set of common questions to illustrate the following topics: history of the research effort, initial design of assessment methodology, evolution of method as work progressed, approaches that did not work and were abandoned, overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary research, approach to evaluation and quality control, translating research into action: interfacing with policymakers and other decision-makers.


Il Ciocco, a resort hotel near Castelvecchio Pascoli in Tuscany, Italy. Il Ciocco features hiking (2000 hectare wilderness), mountain bikes, horseback riding, an outdoor swimming pool, 8 tennis courts, fitness center, game room...

The rate is 105 Euros per night single rate, 82.50 Euros per person double occupancy, for room and full board. The rate includes shuttle service from Pisa airport and train station Sunday afternoon. Pisa is easily reached by train or air through Florence and Rome.

Reservations must be made through The Climate Impacts Group (not through Il Ciocco) by August 28.


The workshop registration fee is US$150. The registration fee will be waived for participants from developing countries. The registration form is available here.

Fifty percent of the registration fee is refundable up to August 28; after that date no refunds will be made.


The deadline for abstract submissions has passed.

We invite abstracts for contributed papers and posters on any topic related to regional integrated assessment of climate impacts, including but not limited to descriptions of integrated assessments of climate impacts, theoretical approaches, generation or use of seasonal forecasts, generation or use of regional climate information, and policy dimensions of climate information.


  • Susan Avery (Western Water Assessment, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) (WWA)

  • David Cash (The International Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability) (ISTS)

  • Kevin Hennessy (Climate Impact Group, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia) (CSIRO)

  • Edward Miles (JISAO/SMA Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington) (CIG)
  • Barbara Morehouse (Climate Assessment of the Southwest Project, University of Arizona) (CLIMAS)

  • Jeremy Pal (The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) (ICTP)

  • Markku Rummukainen (Swedish Regional Climate Modelling Programme) (SWEClim - link is in Swedish only)

  • Roger Street (Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, Environment Canada) (AIR)

  • Gunter Weller (Arctic Climate Impact Assessment) (ACIA)

  • Brent Yarnal (Mid-Atlantic Regional Assessment, Susquehanna River Basin Integrated Assessment, Pennsylvania State University) (MARA)