ISIpedia – making climate impact science policy-relevant

19:00 Tuesday 28 May




Inga Menke (Germany) 1; Quentin Lejeune (Germany) 1; Gina Maskell (Germany) 1; Kaylin Lee (Germany) 1; Lila Warszawski2 (Germany) 2; Felix John (Germany) 2; Ted Veldkamp (Netherlands) 3,4; Yusuke Satoh (Austria) 3; Yoshihide Wada (Austria) 3; Katja Frieler (Germany) 2

1 - Climate Analytics; 2 - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); 3 - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); 4 - Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam

ISIpedia is a project that aims at developing a user-friendly online ‘encyclopedia’ for observed and projected information on the impacts of climate change, based on data and scientific knowledge generated within the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP,, which covers a wide range of sectors (agriculture, freshwater systems, health, etc). Launched in September 2017, the first year of the project had a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, ensuring the platform will fulfil the needs of various stakeholder (user) groups, such as government officials, representatives of international organisations, consultants, private company employees, and NGO workers. A widely distributed stakeholder survey helped to define and shape the content and design of the future ISIpedia platform. The outcomes of the survey and the responses from the ISIMIP modelling community can be found online.

In the next phase of the project, two climate-impact indicator co-development workshops are being organized, one in Eastern Europe (Krakow, Poland, 27 Nov -1 Dec 2018, just before COP24 in Katowice) and one in West Africa (in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, February 2019). Impact modellers and stakeholders interested in climate impacts will gather and participate in a facilitated process focused on identifying and building relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral indicators that are of interest to stakeholders and have not yet been analysed under ISIMIP. The workshops will clearly outline the limitations of climate impact modelling and will explore how to derive relevant cross-sectoral indicators that can be applied within larger politically relevant contexts, such as the Sustainable Development Goals or Disaster Risk Reduction. The resulting indicators will then be integrated into the ISIpedia platform.

The presentation will share the outcomes of the workshop through the interactive exploration of the beta version of ISIpedia (available as of spring 2019), which will include the integration of the developed indicators as well as other content and design features that emerged from the stakeholder survey and user-centered website design process. A reflection on the successes and challenges of our co-development process will also be presented within the toolshed or oral presentation.