NCAR Societal Dimensions Working Group meeting

The winter meeting of the Societal Dimensions Working Group (SDWG; of the NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM) will be held February 26-27, 2014, at NCAR in Boulder, CO. It is open to anyone who would like to attend. It will be held back to back with the meetings of the Land Model and Biogeochemistry working groups. Dates for the full set of meetings will be February 24-27; the day to day schedule is listed below.

The Societal Dimensions Working Group focuses on fostering interactions between the IAM community and CESM (or earth system modeling more broadly), as well as between CESM and the water management community. The agenda will include short presentations based on submitted abstracts, plus some solicited talks or organized discussions on specific topics. If you would like to give a presentation, please send a title and 200-500 word abstract by FRIDAY, January 10, to Brian O’Neill (boneill at or Allison Thomson (Allison.Thomson at While topics of focus include land use-agriculture-climate interactions, and the treatment of water in IAMs and ESMs, abstracts on any topic related to the human dimensions of earth system modeling are welcome.

Information on the agenda, meeting registration and hotels will follow closer to the meeting date. To receive this information, as well as occasional updates on the working group, please sign up for the working group email list on the website.

Lawrence Buja, Bill Gutowski, Brian O’Neill, and Allison Thomson (SDWG co-chairs)

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

2/24 Monday, Biogeochemistry WG
2/25 Tuesday, joint Biogeochemistry/Land Model WGs
2/26 Wednesday, Land Model WG morning, joint Land Model/Societal Dimensions WGs afternoon
2/27 Thursday, Societal Dimensions WG

Meeting on Pattern Scaling and the New Scenario Process

A workshop on Pattern scaling and its application to the new scenario process will take place at NCAR in Boulder, CO, on April 23-25th, 2014.

The goals of the workshop, a background document, a bibliography and a web form to submit an abstract or simply request participation can be found at together with some initial logistical details. The deadline for requesting participation is January 15, 2014.

The workshop will bring together statisticians, climate scientists, integrated assessment modelers and impact analysts to assess the state of the art of pattern scaling, the needs of the impact and integrated assessment researchers for its outputs, and its potential role in influencing the choice of future CMIP6 scenario experiments. In addition, the workshop will develop a prioritized list of the most cogent and urgent developments the community should pursue.

We will have invited presentations, plenary discussions, break-out groups and — depending on the number of contributed abstracts — a poster session.

The organizing committee consists of Claudia Tebaldi and Brian O’Neill (NCAR), James Murphy (UK Met Office and Hadley Centre) and Tim Carter (SYKE). Please feel free to contact any of us (see webpage for contact information) for further details.

Please circulate this announcement further as you see fit.

We hope you’ll consider attending.

Thank you

Claudia, Brian, James and Tim

IQ SCENE workshop, 26-27 March 2014, London

Members of the IAMC Community,

We would like to draw your attention to the IQ SCENE workshop (Innovative techniques for Quantitative SCenarios in Energy and Environmental research) that will take place on 26-27 March 2014 in London. This is a joint initiative between University College London and CIRED, France, and it aims to bring together international researchers, working with innovative techniques for developing, analysing and choosing quantitative scenarios in the energy and environmental fields, including integrated assessment models. The abstract submission is open until 16 December 2013, the Call for Abstracts is available at:

With best wishes on behalf of all the organisers,
Dr Evelina Trutnevyte, University College London

Report on the Fifth Annual Meeting of the IAMC

A summary report recounting general themes and specific research findings presented at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium was compiled by Detlef P. van Vuuren, Jasper van Vliet, Andries Hof, Paul Lucas, and Tom Kram and is now available.