Data Distribution Center, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Data Center Description
The Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established to facilitate the timely distribution of a consistent set of up-to-date scenarios of changes in climate and related environmental and socio-economic factors for use in climate impacts assessments. The intention is that these new assessments can feed into the review process of the IPCC.
The initiative to establish a DDC grew out of a recommendation by the IPCC Task Group on Scenarios for Climate Impact Assessment (TGCIA). This Task Group was itself formed following a recommendation made at the IPCC Workshop on Regional Climate Change Projections for Impact Assessment (London, 24-26 September 1996).
The establishment of the DDC was approved by the IPCC Bureau at its Thirteenth session (9-11 July 1997) and it was subsequently determined at the XIIIth IPCC Plenary (Maldives, 22-28 September 1997) that the DDC would be a shared operation between the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the United Kingdom and the Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum (DKRZ) in Germany. Technical inputs from other centres or organizations with experience in the preparation and distribution of climate scenarios will also be solicited. Regional centres providing mirror web sites may be added at a later date.