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Item #d88nov60

The Impact of Climate Variability and Change on the Canadian Prairies: Symposium/Workshop Proceedings, B.L. Magill, F. Geddes, eds., 412 pp., 1988. Avail. from Environ. Assess. Div., Alberta Dept. Environ., Oxbridge Pl., 9820-106 St., Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6, Can. (403-427-6338).

The September 1987 symposium held in Edmonton was sponsored by several Canadian agencies to provide awareness of the topic and enhance public and political awareness of the need for climate research. Technical presentations covered diverse topics, from model simulation of global and regional climate change to descriptions of comprehensive impact assessment analyses and processes, especially for agriculture. Workshop goals were to identify relevant concerns and future research and resource planning strategies for Western Canada. Workshop topics included planning for variability and change--who cares; is climate effectively used in our resource sectors; quantifying links between climate and resources; socio-economic impacts. The most urgent of 21 recommendations from the final plenary session were: evaluate application models that can assess capabilities by resource sector and time and space scales, and compare with available climatic data; focus socio-economic impact assessments initially on effects of climate variability; determine which general circulation model can best approximate Canada's present climate and be a standard for impact studies.

Item #d88nov61

Climate Impacts and Public Policy, R.S. Chen (Brown Univ. World Hunger Prog., Box 1831, Providence RI 02912), M.L. Parry, eds., 54 pp., Mar. 1988. Pub. by Int. Inst. Appl. Sys. Anal. and UN Environ. Prog. Inquire for price from IIASA Pub. Dept., A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria. (Orig. issued as IIASA Rep. RR-87-7.)

Presents conclusions of an international workshop held at IIASA in July, 1986, to develop recommendations for policy-relevant research. Emphasized was the need to integrate sectoral studies at the regional level, and to examine interactions between climate-induced effects and other pressing policy problems. The group strongly recommended close interaction between the scientific and policy communities: policy makers, climate modelers, impact assessors, and experts on specific sectors. Listed are principal conclusions on climate scenarios, agriculture, water resources, marine fisheries, forests and tropical biomes, integrated regional assessments, policy issues.

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