View of Grainau, GermanySecond International Conference on Climate Impacts Assessment (SICCIA)

June 28-July 2, 2004
Grainau, Germany


Using seasonal forecasts to make better decisions. Assessing vulnerability to climate change. Stakeholder-driven research. These are a few of the themes of the SICCIA, which provided an opportunity to compare approaches to impacts assessment, to advance the state of knowledge of regional assessments, and to support efforts by developing countries to use seasonal forecasts and assess impacts of climate variability and change.


  • To compare approaches in assessing impacts of climate variability and change on a regional scale, including the interpretation and use of seasonal forecasts, regional climate modelling and the integration of various disciplinary investigations of climate change.
  • To advance the state of knowledge and methods of regional assessments, including research design, overcoming barriers to interdisciplinary research, and translating research into action.
  • To support efforts by developing countries and former east-bloc countries including the EU-ascension states to assess impacts of climate variability and change.
  • To complement and influence wider assessment activities like IPCC and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

The Conference Format included

  • invited lectures
  • submitted oral presentations
  • submitted poster presentations
  • panel discussions
  • break-out and roundtable sessions
  • opportunity for informal conversations and networking


  • Eibsee Hotel in Grainau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is a 4-star hotel with many amenities including stunning lake and mountain views, hiking, swimming, and tennis.
  • The hotel is 100 km from Munich airport. Take the DB train (20 EUROS) two hours from Munich airport, via Munich center to Garmisch; then take a taxi (23 Euros) to Eibsee Hotel. Or you can continue on the Zugspitzbahn line or bus to Eibsee.



  • USD 160 (approx. EUR 130) until 15 April 2004
  • USD 210 (approx. EUR 170) from 16 April until 14 June

Hotel room and board

  • EUR 131.50 per day for a single room (EUR 82 for the room + EUR 49.50 meals and conference)
  • EUR 105.50 per person per day for a shared room (EUR 56 + EUR 49.50)
  • EUR 20.50 3-course dinner for accompanying persons
  • EUR 14.50 buffet lunch for accompanying persons


A conference program is available. 

First International Conference on Climate Impacts Assessment

The first conference on regional climate impacts assessments, held in Italy in September 2002, drew participants from 22 countries including 12 developing countries. It was a valuable opportunity for mature research groups and assessment teams to share experiences with participants from less developed countries. For more information, visit the web site for the first conference.

Organizing committee

  • Philip Mote, University of Washington, USA (chair)
  • Wolfgang Cramer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research, Germany
  • Manfred Lange, University of Munster, Germany
  • Amy Snover, University of Washington, USA
  • Brent Yarnal, Pennsylvania State University, USA


  • NOAA Office of Global Programs
  • Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
  • U.S. National Science Foundation